Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Motion Picture, Video And Television Programme Production, Sound Recording And Music Publishing Activities
59.11 - Motion picture, video and television programme production activities

600 - 610 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 March 2021


The BBC, the British public service broadcaster has announced plans to cut jobs at BBC Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to save costs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, making 160 jobs redundant by March 2021. There will be 60 redundancies at BBC Wales, 60 at BBC Scotland and 40 at BBC Northern Ireland.

Directors of BBC Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland explained that the pandemic had exacerbated the financial difficulties faced by the organisations and the Director General said that £125 million (€ 138 million as at 31July 2020) savings should be made in the 2020/21 financial year.

Representatives of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Bectu, the broadcasting union called on the government to provide additional funding to the BBC.

The BBC is the world's oldest national broadcaster, established in 1927. It has a portfolio of television and radio channels as well as digital services. Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee, paid by households and organisations.

Update 18/08/2020:

BBC England has also announced that it will cut 450 jobs, most of them at its regional programmes, including journalists, presenters as well as operations and technical staff. The cuts represent 15% of BBC England’s workforce. The total number of proposed job cuts is now at 610.



Eurofound (2020), BBC, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101439, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101439.