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From our sister site paidContent:UK: A big day on which the BBC director-general won approval for two key proposals, heralding big changes at the broadcaster:
– BBC.com Ads Get Go-Ahead, Starting Next Month: The BBC Trust approved BBC Worldwide’s plan to launch a new commercial BBC.com site, supported by advertising that will be visible to users outside of the UK. Director of global news Richard Sambrook said “advertising seems to be the obvious way for them to contribute to the costs of the site”, adding the BBC will ensure no conflict of interest between editorial and the advertising supply. Portions of BBC Worldwide revenue are reinvested in to domestic public service production. More after the jump…
– BBC Future Media Shedding Up To 130 Jobs; iPlayer Safe; Newsroom Converging: Around 2,500 BBC staff will be made redundant over the next six years after the lower-than-hoped-for license fee settlement awarded by the UK government left it with a £2 billion ($4 billion) shortfall. The losses include up to 130 from the Future Media & Technology division and up to 370 from BBC News as the online, radio and TV newsrooms converge. While the Beeb is “scrapping proposals for new activities”, the iPlayer catch-up service and other new distribution platforms are safe and there is a key focus on digital development. Strikes are expected, however.