BBC set to axe more than 30 North-East jobs

MORE than 30 jobs could be axed in cutbacks planned by the BBC in the North-East.

BBC bosses have unveiled cuts as they prepare to make savings of £670m nationally.

As part of plans to shed around 2,000 jobs by 2013, 34 jobs in the region may be lost.

A spokesman said 27 jobs could be lost across local radio which covers BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle and

BBC Cumbria.

Four more posts could be shed in current affairs with another two affecting weather coverage, and one more lost to the BBC internet coverage in the region.

The plans affecting BBC’s local radio stations will include a focus on peak-time programmes such as breakfast, mid-morning and drivetime – with increased levels of sharing in off-peak slots which are weekday afternoons, Sunday afternoons and evenings.

All radio stations would broadcast Radio 5 Live from 1am until the start of their breakfast programme

On weekday afternoons most stations would share programming with their neighbouring stations, and a BBC spokesman said that was “a possibility” in the North-East.

On weekday evenings, between 7pm and 10pm, programming would be shared across England, with all stations coming together except when providing local sports commentaries.

All the savings have been outlined under the BBC Delivering Quality First initiative.

Talks are now planned with BBC staff and the spokesman added: “It is important to say that these are proposals and are not set in stone. This is where the process has got to.

“It is subject to consultations and subject to talks.”