A mix of internal leaks from within the BBC - and the creative inspirations of journalists when hard facts remain under the wraps - has led to divinations of doom for up to twenty per cent of staff currently working for the UK's state owned broadcasting mammoth.
Although BBC director general Mark Thompson is not scheduled to reveal details of his restructuring plans until Tuesday, reporters have been trawling the media deeps for any rumour or speculative theory on which they can lay hands.
And since the horse's mouth remains resolutely closed, frenzied journos have sought their facts from "media executives outside the BBC", as the Sunday Telegraph had the refreshing honesty to admit.
In the opinion of these sapient external experts…
Data sourced from Telegraph.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff