BBC News Boss Deborah Turness To Share Future Strategy In All-Staff Meet Tomorrow Amidst Across-The-Board Cuts
14.12.2022 - 15:49
EXCLUSIVE: BBC News Boss Deborah Turness is preparing to address thousands of her staff tomorrow to “share her new strategy for taking BBC News and Current Affairs into the future” amidst across-the-board cuts and tricky questions.
According to an internal email, seen by Deadline, the circa-3,500 BBC News staff are being urged to attend the strategy meet tomorrow at 10.30 a.m. GMT (2.30 a.m. PST) as it will “very much shape the way we all work going forward.”
“You will have received your invitation to an All News call next Thursday 15 December at 1030 GMT, where our CEO Deborah Turness will share her new strategy for taking BBC News and Current Affairs into the future,” said the email.
The address will be the second major strategy talk delivered by former NBC International President Turness since joining in September – having used her first to call for transparency in “turbulent and divisive times” – and it comes at a time of strife for a division forced into savings of £80M ($99M) by the UK government.
This week, the BBC officially confirmed plans put forward in October to make around 380 World Service roles redundant – approximately 16% – as it moves to a digital-first model. They will be enacted over the coming months and likely be completed by the start of the next financial year.
Negotiations over these plans have been taking place over the past weeks, partly over the decision to ask London teams covering regions such as Thailand, Korea, Vietnam and India to relocate to their respective regions.
A string of job adverts were uploaded earlier this week for roles in these nations but reporters have raised concerns that the move especially to Vietnam and Thailand poses dangers to press freedom. Most of the BBC’s
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