BBC to review commissioning structure28 November 2016
The BBC is set to begin reviewing its TV commission operation, with redundancies anticipated as the corporation continues to cut its expenditure.
BBC director of content Charlotte Moore wrote to staff to give notice of upcoming changes.
She said, “Over the coming months, each team will be reviewing their structures to establish the best shape for our services, channels and genres. It’s important that we deliver greater efficiency and run our business in the most effective way.”
“In order to build a future-facing division with unrivalled ambition and creativity at its heart, I believe we need to embed a new culture and way of operating. We need to reshape our business further to respond to external and internal challenges.”
“In an age of intense competition and choice, fully embedding the portfolio approach is critical to our future success. The creative opportunities it brings will allow us to plan strategically, and respond quickly to keep pace with our rapidly changing industry.”
The news follows the departure of factual commissioner Emma Swain earlier this year.
A BBC spokesman added, “As part of a wider review within BBC Content division, we are proposing to simplify our commissioning structure in a way that supports creativity, empowers teams and helps quicker decision-making, as well as responding to changing audience needs and delivering against our efficiency targets.
“This may result in some changes, but the commissioning teams will maintain business as usual during this process. We are discussing the specific proposals with staff, so it wouldn’t be appropriate to discuss them publicly at this time, but we will announce our plans in due course.”