BBC Resources is laying off 210 of its 740 staff in a further restructure of Auntie’s commercial post-production and studios business. The BBC started a wholesale review last year but was only able to sell its outside broadcast wing to Satellite Information Services and discontinue its wigs and costumes operation earlier this year so retained its post-production and studios operations. Now the former will lose 174 jobs with the closure of its Bristol and Birmingham centres while 36 will go form the studios arm, Guardian.co.uk reports, reproducing BBC DG Mark Thomas’ explanation that “significant operational restructuring” was needed because the piecemeal sale left the business with “different future than the one we expected”.
– Reevoo The London-based consumer ratings platform, which supplies buyer reviews to sites like Jessops’, says seven of its 31 staff are “at risk” in economic gloom because the company has “made the decision to drive for profitability faster”, CEO Richard Anson tells TCUK.
– Archant Staff at the publisher’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News are spooked by its decision to bring in management consultants to measure journalists’ output. NUJ are sounding the alarm bell about potential job losses despite the review not having concluded yet. Via HTFP.
– Virgin Media: Some more detail on the telco’s upcoming and already-announced 2,200 job cuts: 113 will go in Gateshead with confirmation Virgin is closing its telesales centre there. Via JournalLive.