The Beeb will be reducing the number of people it sends to cover the Cannes Film Festival this year as part of its cost-cutting drive. Last year, the BBC sent four staff members to cover Cannes, including technical staff. This kind of cheeseparing is needed now that the BBC is wrangling with how to cope with what is effectively a 16% budget cut over the next six years. Mark Thompson, the director-general, says that the corporation could cut content spending by as much as 6%. He and his fellow BBC executives need to find 20% savings over four years — 10% of which will come from reducing overhead. Auntie spends £2.4 billion ($4 billion) on TV, radio and online each year. Thompson has outlined some of the options under consideration: scrapping new programs on secondary channel BBC2 during the day; showing more repeats of big BBC dramas and natural history programs; replacing local radio stations with its 5 Live 24-hour rolling news service; and not showing late-night movies as part of a move not to broadcast new programming after 10:35 PM.
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