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BBC Resources cuts 210 jobs

Division handles post-production and studios

BBC Resources, the pubcaster’s post-production and studio facilities arm, is cutting 210 of its 742 staffers as it addresses the impact of the economic downturn.

The outfit operates as a commercial venture, selling its services to the private sector, so is more likely to be hit by the recession.

The cuts were announced Monday as part of a radical overhaul of the outfit.

Some 174 jobs in post-production will be lost, while 36 are going in the studios division.

An email to staff from BBC Resources’ CEO Mark Thomas said: “In order to survive we must stand on our own two feet. Where necessary, we need to reinvent the business to ensure we are profitable.

“But that is only the first step. I don’t want the business merely to survive, I want it to thrive.

“The aim of our restructuring plan is to make the business smaller, more flexible and resilient to changes in demand, allowing it to build a future with more opportunities than currently exist.”

Thomas said that post-production customer demand had fallen in Blighty and there had been a trend toward cash-strapped shingles doing more straightforward post-production work inhouse.

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