Home Advertizing services BBC and Guardian cut 250 jobs in the wake of coronavirus

BBC and Guardian cut 250 jobs in the wake of coronavirus

The Guardian said it was cutting 180 jobs, including 70 in its editorial department after the media group’s revenues fell by £ 25million ($ 31.6million) for the year.
The pandemic has boosted public and reader donations, but its effect on advertising and newspaper sales has created “unsustainable financial prospects for the Guardian,” editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and CEO Annette Thomas said in a report. communicated to staff.
The BBC also announced on Wednesday 70 new job cuts. He also blamed the financial pressures of the pandemic, which he said has caused delays in collecting the television license fees that fund the broadcaster. The layoffs come on top of 450 newsroom job cuts announced in January that were put on hold as the BBC covered the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to these cuts, the BBC announced 450 layoffs in regional newsrooms in June.

Before the pandemic hit, the BBC was already facing pressure to save £ 125million ($ 157.9million) due to government pressure on its budget. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is considering changing the way license fees are applied and may seek to remove them altogether in the future.

Following the job cuts, BBC News said it would have fewer presenters and journalists. They will be asked to work on a wider range of content. This will reduce the number of studios and make significant reductions in operating staff. Senior management will also be affected.

“If we don’t make changes, we won’t be viable. This crisis has caused us to reassess exactly how we operate as an organization,” Fran Unsworth, director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said in a statement. .

Britain faces a growing jobs crisis as the pandemic triggers the worst economic crisis in centuries. Large UK companies have announced more than 80,000 job cuts, with more expected when government support for wages ends in October.

UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled another £ 30bn ($ 37.6bn) stimulus package last week to try to stem losses, including a package of tax breaks, discounts on restaurants and employment programs designed to bolster employment.

– Hanna Ziady contributed to this report.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here