BBC Scotland to axe 60 staff as part of £6.2m savings

The broadcaster has said it will have to reduce the number of workers it has in Scotland.

About 60 employees are to be cut at BBC Scotland as the corporation revealed it has to make savings of £6.2m over this financial year.

Director Donalda MacKinnon told staff while various efficiencies have already been identified, the broadcaster will have to reduce the number of employees it has in Scotland.

It comes after BBC director general Tony Hall last week announced a call for voluntary redundancies across the whole of the BBC.

While the broadcaster hopes it can reduce staffing this way, compulsory redundancies have not been ruled out.

The BBC said the licence fee freeze means £800m has to be found over the first five years of its current charter period.

A further £125m of savings are being targeted after falls in licence fee collection and commercial income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Divisions of the BBC are now implementing fresh savings plans, with BBC Scotland having to cut its budget by £6.2m over the period to the end of March 2021 as its contribution to the increased savings challenge facing the corporation.

Ms MacKinnon said: “BBC Scotland has been fortunate to attract significant investment in the last few years, securing a new TV channel, increased network programming and the establishment of a design and engineering hub.

“That meant we were able to create an additional 250 jobs – but we aren’t immune to the new financial challenges now facing many businesses up and down the country.

“Sadly, that means that along with cost cutting measures throughout our departments, we estimate we will also have to lose around 60 posts to make the savings required.”

The corporation is looking for redundancies over the next six weeks, with staff affected due to hear where posts will close following that process.

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