Radical reform to deliver a more focused BBC
Audio & Music
BBC Audio & Music is committed to delivering distinctive, high-quality content to all audiences and remaining at the forefront of digital developments.
Audio & Music has proposed a range of efficiencies across the division – including a number of ways of improving value from its investment in content – that will allow the division to focus on delivering fewer, better programmes to audiences, while investing in My BBC Radio and building the BBC's reputation for music.
The division will cut some hours of originations and invest in events and programmes that make real impact. Much Audio & Music output is broadcast only once, and it is believed the audience would not be averse to a judicious use of repeats in some areas.
There will be some schedule changes and investment in talent will be managed even more carefully. Audio & Music will continue to embrace new ways of working, and will look to merge management areas wherever possible.
Audio & Music has looked at ways of achieving efficiencies across the division in ways that work best in each area, whilst maintaining quality, distinctiveness and reach. This has involved a review of all networks, production and management areas and differential efficiency targets have been set for different areas in the light of that review.
Audio & Music will continue to build the BBC's commanding reputation for music through initiatives such as the BBC Electric Proms and new teen music show Sound.
The division is committed to remaining at the forefront of digital radio and will continue to invest in the My BBC Radio project – making content available on different platforms and driving innovation in the industry.
Audio & Music will make approximately 65 to 75 net redundancies by the end of five years. Before redeployment and natural turnover, they will need to close an estimated 85 to 95 gross posts out of a current division of 1,600.