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Did he talk about how the BBC fired a third of their staff last Christmas and moved everyone else out of London because they were bleeding money? Being a primary content producer only makes sense if there's money to back it up. Why buy the cow if you're getting the milk for free? Do you hire for the web and abandon your traditional audience with the hope that people that are not loyal and believe that content should be free will pay for salaries and bandwidth?

Chris Spurgeon

Actually, that's a big of an overstatement.

The overall BBC cuts were about 15% of staff.

They didn't move everyone out of London, though they are moving some large operations, such as children's programming, and the main operations for 5Live (the national news talk and sports radio service) up to Manchester.

The BBC new media department lost 58 jobs (a 18% reduction). Ironicly, their overall budget has increased after the layoffs, with the additional money going to new technologies, bandwidth, servers, etc.

The big layoffs at the BBC were in the "Professional Services" area...middle management, human resources drones, etc.


However you cut it, the BBC online performance is spectacular. Their vision is bold. Their execution is an inspiration.

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