Brit TV Producers Say BBC Cuts Are “Long Overdue”

The BBC’s in-house drama department is cutting 16% of its workforce. That’s 22 jobs out of the 140-strong BBC’s drama department. BBC in-house drama has already had its budget cut by 5% year on year. And the amount spent on TV drama will fall by 33 percent in 2010/11. The BBC’s £3.5 billion ($5.5 billion) licence fee has also been frozen this year and could be cut next year. Drama jobs are being cut across the board –- not just back-room staff but also script editors and producers as well. Jobs within series and serials are particularly affected. The BBC is now talking to staff about their taking voluntary packages. A decision about who is going will be made by early December. (more…)

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