BBC reshuffle to cost jobs as cuts kick in

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MORE than 30 jobs are to be cut at the BBC in a reshuffle of its North East and Cumbria centres.

The broadcaster yesterday announced a total of 2,000 positions would go as it deals with the £670million cut to its annual budget.

In addition to the 34 to 37 positions which will be axed in the North East and Cumbria, its regional affairs television programme Inside Out will have a 40 per cent reduction to its budget.

The proposal also included a drop in weather presenters from three to one, with pre-recorded broadcasts from Leeds.

There are plans to share programmes between Radio Newcastle, which faces a 19 per cent drop in budget, and Radio Tees during the afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Bosses have said the breakfast and drive-time programmes will be a priority, and they have pledged to protect them, although the region’s three regional radio stations will lose up to 30 staff.

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