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Around 40 jobs at BBC NI at risk after broadcaster is forced to save £3.6m


About 40 jobs at BBC NI at risk after
Up to 40 jobs are at risk at BBC Northern Ireland after it was announced the broadcaster would have to find savings of £3.6m from its annual budget of £56m by the end of March 2021.

The threat to positions in Northern Ireland comes after BBC Director General Tony Hall announced last week that the corporation needed to make savings of £125m across the UK.

Director of BBC NI Peter Johnston confirmed in an email to staff on Tuesday that the cutbacks would see a reduction in 30-40 posts, including voluntary redundancies, from its current staff of 650.

BBC NI also recently postponed plans for a £77m redevelopment of Broadcasting House in Belfast and in the past few months several familiar faces and voices have left, including veteran broadcasters Noel Thompson, Wendy Austin and Seamus McKee.

"Like so many other organisations, the BBC has been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and we must now join the other BBC divisions in delivering these latest savings," said Mr Johnston, though BBC NI refused to say whether more big names would be leaving.

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