Radical reform to deliver a more focused BBC
Significant investment in news and current affairs, an expected increase in network commissions from the new digital headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow and expansion of web portals puts BBC Scotland in a unique position to balance its efficiencies with some major opportunities.
On-demand local news, a new Gaelic service and expansion of web content – all subject to approval from the Trust – are part of the investment strategy and could help reduce net redundancies over the next five years to between 155 and 165. Before redeployment, the figures would be approximately 225 to 240 gross redundancies.
For more information see: BBC Scotland press release.
BBC Northern Ireland has an investment plan into local programmes and services which is expected to create new opportunities and is likely to mean that net redundancies are kept to approximately 75 to 85. Before redeployment and natural turnover, the figures would be approximately 100 to 110 gross redundancies out of the current 670 workforce.
The targets will be achieved through the implementation of a new, more focused programme strategy that will change how BBC Northern Ireland commissions and schedules its content to create more impactful programmes for audiences.
This will be accompanied by a simplification of business processes and streamlining of management structures, the derivation of additional benefit from new technologies and the integration of interactive services more effectively into programme-making.
For more information see: BBC Northern Ireland press release.
BBC Wales is looking forward to substantial new investment in local services and English language television, and on-demand – coupled with the new investment in Welsh language programming announced last year.
Our ambition in all these areas is to provide higher-impact programming for audiences in Wales, delivering more local and more multi-media output. We also anticipate an increase in network production from Wales to build on our recent successes and are working on proposals for a new production headquarters.
In line with these new priorities, BBC 2W – BBC Wales' digital-only service – will come to an end in the run-up to digital switchover in 2009, with BBC Two Wales being carried across all digital platforms from that point.
Although we face challenging savings targets, we expect new investment in local and network content to reduce net redundancies to between 145 and 155 over the next five years. Before redeployment and natural turnover, the figures would be approximately 220 to 235 gross.
For more information see: BBC Wales press release.