BBC Makeover Begins

BBC director Mark Thompson shakes up the BBC, cutting thousands of jobs and relocating some staff divisions out of London. “Mr Thompson promised fewer repeats on BBC1, more money for high quality drama, comedy, news and current affairs and children’s programmes, and an increased focus on “distinctive” shows. Two and half thousand middle managers and support staff will be made redundant and a further 400 will go in the factual and learning division, the hardest hit by plans to outsource more programmes to independent producers.”