BBC cuts online to cut costs

BBC cuts online to cut costs

The BBC announced that in the next two years it wants to cut expenses with its digital business unit by about 25 percent, which will mean cutting more than 360 jobs.

The announced restructuring is part of an austerity plan, negotiated with the British Government, which foresees the elimination of approximately 200 Web pages managed by the television network, such as the Switch and RAW portals, the social networks h2g2 and 606 or the Video site. Nation.

With these changes, the BBC wants to lower the current budget of £ 137 million to £ 103 million (approximately € 121 million).

Among the priorities is the reduction in the number of news blogs, as well as forums and spaces to comment on the same news, which will be replaced by tools from the social Web.

Sports and entertainment news will be less, also announce those responsible, who promise to give more prominence to culture and art, instead.

«BBC Online is a huge success, but our vast portfolio of websites means that they sometimes fall short of expectations,» said Mark Thompson, BBC director general, justifying the restructuring.