BBC World Service journalists will be asked to move out of the UK – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Some BBC World Service teams are to be asked to move out of the UK as they prepare for impending cuts, according to Deadline.

Staff in the BBC’s World News Division are about to be briefed on a set of proposals via Zoom by Liliane Landor, senior controller of BBC News’ international services. Some leaders would have been warned yesterday.

The proposals come after chief executive Tim Davie said the World Service budget would be cut by £30m ($32.7m) by 2023/24 as part of a first digital plan to the BBC and, speaking earlier this week on RTS London, he hinted that foreign-language news services could be cut if the government does not help with increased funding.

The deadline understands that the proposals focus on a decentralization of the global service teams, which means that the majority of Asian-language services, including Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese and some services South Asians destined for India, will be moved from the new London broadcasting home. to the respective countries they report to.

Landor will use Zoom to “share the results of our strategic review and discuss our proposals for change and the strategic reasons behind these proposals,” according to an email seen by Deadline.

Team members told Deadline of their concerns that the move will mean many will lose their jobs as they cannot move for various reasons. One pointed to press freedom difficulties in some countries, such as Thailand, where press freedom is limited, or Vietnam, where journalists have to report from neighboring countries due to the ruling communist party.

According to the BBC’s annual report, which describes the World Service as “one of the jewels in the UK’s crown”, the partially government-funded division received £251m ($271m) l last year, and there were 1,433 employees in World Service. Band.

The proposals will now go to the unions and come at a delicate time for the entire BBC News division, which recently saw former NBC News International chair Deborah Turness become CEO.

Journalists are reportedly considering a strike against the planned merger of national and international news channels, which will result in the loss of 70 jobs.

News is one of the hardest hit BBC divisions since the government imposed cuts on the company several years ago, and hundreds of people have already lost their jobs.

The BBC declined to comment on the proposals, but information is expected shortly.

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