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Spotlight presenter Justin Leigh to leave the BBC

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TheMike Central (East) East Midlands Today
This article explains why many long-serving BBC staff are leaving now:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2020-10-10/news/bbc-staff-take-big-redundancy-money-and-run-3tg7ltrrz

Basically, a new Government cap on redundancy is coming; it is their last chance to leave with a six figure sum. Northern Ireland seeing many senior staff leaving.


Presumably that's a public sector cap, not for private employers ?

Yes, it's a public sector cap that will be applied to the BBC. That together with the generous terms offered to BBC News staff over the summer explains the stampede.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Of course the BBC didn’t have to make cuts in this area, they could have made cuts elsewhere

But they know the viewers are too loyal and they take those viewers for granted, the ITV equivilent has already seen cuts and doesn’t provide the same depth of coverage as the BBC does, so they know the ratings won’t be effected.

And in the case of local radio, there isn’t really an alternative with ILR practically dead, so they know the listeners will stick around even with ridiculously long programmes and presenters moved all over the place
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RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today
Woah. We're going to be seeing some huge casualties from this if Harry's leaving.
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Inspector Sands
This article explains why many long-serving BBC staff are leaving now:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2020-10-10/news/bbc-staff-take-big-redundancy-money-and-run-3tg7ltrrz

Basically, a new Government cap on redundancy is coming; it is their last chance to leave with a six figure sum. Northern Ireland seeing many senior staff leaving.

Can anyone copy and paste the article for non subscribers?
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Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
Can anyone copy and paste the article for non subscribers?

It's reasonable to just be some key parts though, not the full article if it's behind a paywall.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
I wonder if any local ITV editors are considering approaching any of the displaced BBC presenters, to front their 'And Finally..' fluff spots ?

Edit: And as someone on DS has pointed out, Granada News have a vacancy for a main presenter Cool
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TheMike Central (East) East Midlands Today
In line with Asa's guidance, some snippets only:

"BBC insiders said there had been a deluge of applications from staff who believed that this might be their last chance to get a six-figure payout. The government is drawing up plans to cap exit payments from public sector bodies at £95,000.

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"BBC staff are divided about the exodus. Colleagues described (Ross) Hawkins as a "gem" who could not be replaced. One source told The Times, however, that the corporation could lose some "dead wood" without a decline in quality."
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DTV Meridian (South) South Today
The thing I don't understand about these regional cutbacks is they seem to be about taking things from every region when surely the more sensible thing (if cuts have to be made here) would be to reduce the number of English regions. That way you could maintain the same level of output across larger regions.

It's not like the BBC wouldn't have a strong case here. There is a huge population imbalance between the regions and the sub-opt subregions (other than Channel Islands) don't really have much justification - there are far more logical sub-regions (Merseyside) that don't have an opt-out.

With the standard government regions becoming more and more commonplace in everyday life and both main political parties pledging (if incredibly vaguely) to implement some form of regional devolution, it would be perfectly rational for the BBC to rejig the regions to better reflect the standard regions (although granted this isn't perfectly possible due to terrestrial transmitter patterns).

In my book, it would be better for the BBC to have nine fully-staffed regions rather than thirteen-and-a-half cut-back regions.
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Ballyboy UTV Newsline
I’m curious to know who’ll leave levy live a lot of reporters are based there
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cityprod West Country (West) Spotlight
DTV posted:
The thing I don't understand about these regional cutbacks is they seem to be about taking things from every region when surely the more sensible thing (if cuts have to be made here) would be to reduce the number of English regions. That way you could maintain the same level of output across larger regions.


The problem with this idea though is the same one ITV faced back in 2009, how do you do that with the limitations of the transmitter network? In 2009, ITV combined Westcountry & West into one super region, and nowadays, we're back to having seperate programmes, albeit under the same ITV News West Country brand. Whilst prior to 2009, both shows would have been live at 6pm, now one is live and the other is recorded before hand, because they closed Plymouth. I don't think reducing the number of English regions is feasible or even desirable.

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It's not like the BBC wouldn't have a strong case here. There is a huge population imbalance between the regions and the sub-opt subregions (other than Channel Islands) don't really have much justification - there are far more logical sub-regions (Merseyside) that don't have an opt-out.


Again, the limitations of the transmitter network.

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With the standard government regions becoming more and more commonplace in everyday life and both main political parties pledging (if incredibly vaguely) to implement some form of regional devolution, it would be perfectly rational for the BBC to rejig the regions to better reflect the standard regions (although granted this isn't perfectly possible due to terrestrial transmitter patterns).


The standard government regions are far from being more and more commonplace. Heck, I only see them in relation to government stuff, otherwise, those regions are totally meaningless.

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