Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Programming And Broadcasting Activities
60 - Programming and broadcasting activities

650 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 January 2011
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The BBC has confirmed plans to cut 650 jobs over the next three years in a bid to save £46m a year. Two thirds of the cuts will be implemented within the next 12 months. BBC plans to close 5 out of the 32 world language services. The cuts were blamed on last autumn's Spending Review when the government announced the BBC would take over the cost of the World Service from the Foreign Office from 2014.


  • 26 January 2011: BBC


Eurofound (2011), BBC World Service, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 71540, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/71540.