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BBC NEWS CUTS

Cuts reactivated - P43 onwards (January 2020)

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NE
Newsroom
Well, that's pretty brutal...

I wonder who will survive the axe in the business unit and presenter pool?

I'm pretty content with the fact BBC NC and BBC World will continue to operate as separate channels basically operating as it does now.

What does this all mean for Studio B. Hasn't been used since March?
CM
cmthwtv
Having read the article, there are a few things that have minor detail however may have significant meaning.

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But the BBC said it was talking to Neil about a new BBC One interview show.


Interesting. It would be a shame to see Andrew Neil be rid of, especially due to his exceptional interviewing during election periods. I would like to see more political based shows on BBC One as at the moment at least it is becoming a repeats channel.

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One of Neil's former programmes, lunchtime TV show Politics Live, will return four days a week after being rested during the pandemic.


This is excellent news. When I am off work I love to watch the programme, it was one of few recently established programmes that I really enjoy. One day less, however it's better than being not there at all. Also would've been a waste of a lovely studio.

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The BBC News Channel and BBC World will continue to share some output, as they have done during the Covid-19 crisis, although they will remain separate channels.


Is this additional sharing, i.e the current 10-12 simulcast and evening simulcast, or is this relating to the former Outside Source, Beyond 100 Days and overnight simulcast? It will be a shame to World viewers if they have to continue to endure further UK centric stories and a shame for the UK to miss out on more detailed home stories.

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Radio 4 programme In Business will close, as will the Business Live page on the BBC News Website, while bespoke business news bulletins on the BBC News channel will be reduced.


If they dare to touch business on Afternoon Live then there will be consequences. Wink
MF
Matthew_Fieldhouse
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Radio 4 programme In Business will close, as will the Business Live page on the BBC News Website, while bespoke business news bulletins on the BBC News channel will be reduced.


If they dare to touch business on Afternoon Live then there will be consequences. Wink

Sounds like they're scrapped unfortunately
BR
Brekkie
I assumed the Andrew Neil show was just for the election anyway.
Jeffmister, Jonwo and Custard56 gave kudos
CM
cmthwtv
Found this article, and with sadness I announce that it looks likely the News Channel evening shift isn't going to be returning it seems as well as Morning Simulcasts continuing. This also would suggest to me that Newsroom Live won't return and that the lovely Papers AI graphics might not return. It isn't very precise on evenings, so I might be wrong, however it looks that way at the moment. All to be implemented (if not already) from January. Pool of presenters to be reduced.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/news-modernisation-update

Some Key Quotes:
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News channels: We will preserve two clearly branded news channels (the BBC News channel in the UK and BBC World News globally) with a focus on live, breaking and developing stories but will retain some elements of shared output in the mornings and evenings.


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Building on the lessons of operating during Covid-19, we will use fewer studios and make significant reductions to our operations staff.

The reduction in output means we will also reduce our pool of presenters.
AS
AlexS
Well, that's pretty brutal...

I wonder who will survive the axe in the business unit and presenter pool?

I'm pretty content with the fact BBC NC and BBC World will continue to operate as separate channels basically operating as it does now.

What does this all mean for Studio B. Hasn't been used since March?

The business team is rather short handed at present so it may well be that recent departures are not being replaced and the use of freelancers is being stopped rather than anyone on staff being axed. Maryam Moshiri and Susannah Streeter have both left the business pool in the past year without replacement and the same is probably true of Victoria Fritz.
WL
W1LL
I assumed the Andrew Neil show was just for the election anyway.

I thought it was really just to give him something to do at the Beeb after This Week got binned to stop him going elsewhere. Wouldn't be at all surprised if he decides to move elsewhere now.
JO
Jonwo
I assumed the Andrew Neil show was just for the election anyway.


Yeah, I never thought it would be something they'd air on a regular basis. I imagine the BBC One interview series will be essentially be The Andrew Neil Interviews in all but name which they would air occasionally.

I'm surprised Politics Live wasn't always 4 days a week.
AS
AlexS
Hardly surprising that the pool of presenters is being reduced if the current schedule is being maintained. It would never have been acceptable to keep people on their full salary while working only 2-3 days a week in the long term (obviously excluding those whose salary is based on those numbers of days). Realistically it is likely that at least one big name will be dropped as the savings will be bigger and there isn't really room for all of the BBC One faces to keep a BBC One slot, especially considering these cuts are likely to see a 1-4, 4-7 schedule retained on the news channel.
CU
Custard56
The BBC is damned if they do, and damned if they don't really, in this financial predicament. Grim news, but not unexpected.

I suspect we've seen the last of Andrew Neil on the BBC; he'll be on itv soon enough.
NE
Newsroom
AlexS posted:
Well, that's pretty brutal...

I wonder who will survive the axe in the business unit and presenter pool?

I'm pretty content with the fact BBC NC and BBC World will continue to operate as separate channels basically operating as it does now.

What does this all mean for Studio B. Hasn't been used since March?

The business team is rather short handed at present so it may well be that recent departures are not being replaced and the use of freelancers is being stopped rather than anyone on staff being axed. Maryam Moshiri and Susannah Streeter have both left the business pool in the past year without replacement and the same is probably true of Victoria Fritz.


Well providing Ben Thompson remains, I won't moan too much. Could be curtains for Aaron Heslehurst though?
NE
Newsroom
Who has been doing the overnight simulcasts since the pandemic broke?

Have we seen Mike Embley? James Reynolds seems to be a permanent feature. Ben Bland has more or less disappeared although he popped up on Breakfast this morning.

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