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BBC Regional Redundancies

Split from BBC Regional SD/HD Transmissions

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trevormon London London


It’s not a mystery as how many people work on each programme each day, it’s just not public information (and why should it be?)


Because the BBC are a publically financed and accountable organisation?

You could always look at the publicly available BBC Annual Report which has five pages (of the 268) devoted to staffing. It shows staff numbers broken down by 27 categories. If you would rather have numbers per region you could always send an FOI request and they should respond.
Last edited by trevormon on 25 October 2020 8:39pm
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TheSebastian
It is a mystery how many production staff are in a typical region per day (not London, Salford, Oxford, Jersey)

Are there still PAs doing timings, an autocue op, vision control/robotic camera op + director/vision mixer and Sound? Surely graphics op and in studio camera ops are long gone, as has stand alone director and vision mixers?


It is currently different in each region depending on local requirements, age and type of kit, complexity of programmes etc. (For example a region that only makes 1830 and 2230 opts won’t need anywhere near the number of people in a site that makes all opts plus weeklies).

A new staffing template is being rolled out, along with standard kit for each region, though it will take time for this to happen.

It’s not a mystery as how many people work on each programme each day, it’s just not public information (and why should it be?)


Nobody should be in any doubt that the production staff make a huge contribution to shows, and I'm not suggesting otherwise or diminishing any role. However, technology has evolved and its appropriate to discuss staffing and technology investment, and comparisons with other news broadcasts

My view is that the Job title, description, pay band and reporting line in the organisation for every role should be open in a public organisation, as should every exact salary over £85k (x3 of national average) as this would aid transparency, value and equality. A policy common in Northern Europe
Last edited by TheSebastian on 25 October 2020 9:26pm
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today


It’s not a mystery as how many people work on each programme each day, it’s just not public information (and why should it be?)


Because the BBC are a publically financed and accountable organisation?

You could always look at the publicly available BBC Annual Report which has five pages (of the 268) devoted to staffing. It shows staff numbers broken down by 27 categories. If you would rather have numbers per region you could always send an FOI request and they should respond.


Yes, I could do. To be honest it's not a question that personally keeps me awake at night. It's not really possible, without active digging, to put the figure of 450 redundancies into meaningful context.
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trevormon London London
It is a mystery how many production staff are in a typical region per day (not London, Salford, Oxford, Jersey)

Are there still PAs doing timings, an autocue op, vision control/robotic camera op + director/vision mixer and Sound? Surely graphics op and in studio camera ops are long gone, as has stand alone director and vision mixers?


It is currently different in each region depending on local requirements, age and type of kit, complexity of programmes etc. (For example a region that only makes 1830 and 2230 opts won’t need anywhere near the number of people in a site that makes all opts plus weeklies).

A new staffing template is being rolled out, along with standard kit for each region, though it will take time for this to happen.

It’s not a mystery as how many people work on each programme each day, it’s just not public information (and why should it be?)


Nobody should be in any doubt that the production staff make a huge contribution to shows, and I'm not suggesting otherwise or diminishing any role. However, technology has evolved and its appropriate to discuss staffing and technology investment, and comparisons with other news broadcasts

My view is that the Job title, description, pay band and reporting line in the organisation for every role should be open in a public organisation, as should every exact salary over £85k (x3 of national average) as this would aid transparency, value and equality. A policy common in Northern Europe


The BBC (at least the Public Service bit) is covered by Freedom of Information legislation. Job titles, descriptions and pay scales should be available if you ask but I suspect it's not covered in the annual report simply because they think the public aren't generally interested in that level of detail.

The BBC is already required to publish salary details of named individuals who earn more than £150k. Not quite the £83k you wanted but a start.
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DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Mr BBC Radio Cornwall, Laurence Reed is going too...



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cityprod West Country (West) Spotlight
Mr BBC Radio Cornwall, Laurence Reed is going too...




There’s a video on the Lunchtime with Laurence Facebook page where he talks about leaving the BBC , he’s been at Radio Cornwall since 1988, when he started out as the East Cornwall reporter based at Liskeard . In 1993, he became a presenter and is one of the longest tenured people still at Radio Cornwall. Only Assistant Editor Daphne Skinnard has been there longer, if my memory is correct.
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TheSebastian
How did I miss this. Clinton Rogers from BBC West has gone

https://mobile.twitter.com/Knibbsey/status/1319565961297539073

A very, very good reporter.
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South Today
Did he even get a farewell on screen?
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today


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South Today




I thought she left last year! She hasn't been on screen in a long time.
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today




I thought she left last year! She hasn't been on screen in a long time.


I don't think she has been well.


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Run_Telecine Meridian (South East) South East Today
https://twitter.com/bbcsoutheast/status/1323717412265537536 has a montage of Rob Smith's time on South East Today.

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