Cost cutting at the BBC could mean between 10% and 25% of the broadcaster’s 28,000 staff losing their jobs according to newspaper reports. Last year the UK’s national broadcaster had a deficit of 373 million euros. It is currently conducting reviews on how it can save money. The BBC’s Director-General Mark Thompson, who took over in June, wants to demonstrate that costs are under control to justify the receipt of substantial amounts of public money.
Last year it got 4.2 billion euros from viewers’ licence fees and in 2006 the British government is due to review the BBC’s charter to broadcast. The BBC has not confirmed the reports saying that details of any cutbacks will be released in December.