The BBC announced that it plans to cut around 2,000 posts, or around 12 percent, from its current workforce. The corporation also plans to cut around six percent of its annual budget over the next five years.
In the short to medium term, this would only lead to strikes among affected staff. But is this where people want the BBC to go? We have already seen what is currently happening on ITV. Programming and scheduling standards have already fallen in the last few years. The heavy reliance on suspect reality and phone-in quiz shows in a bid to raise revenue. The loss of the regional identity with the planned reduction in the number of local news teams. The loss of original children’s programming- no new shows for nearly two years. The determination to wriggle out of more public service commitments. Their sports coverage still sucks… and so do their digital channel offerings. ITV used to be a great channel, but now I hardly watch it at all.
For the current annual licence fee, the BBC provides on top of its two main TV channels, several digital TV channels, five national radio stations, local radio stations which are different from their commercial counterparts, as well a high-quality free website, plus more… all cheaper than a monthly subscription to satellite or cable in the UK… and better value too.
Of course there needs to be change in any organisation, but the BBC should not try to slit its own throat in its long-term bid for survival.