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BBC mulls laying off 1,000 employees

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London: The BBC said on Thursday that it plans to cut 1,000 jobs, including management positions, in the light of a 150-million pound ($234 million) deficit in subscription revenues, Efe news agency reported.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall announced the measures to his staff at a meeting at the headquarters here, in which he said that many people no longer pay the fee to finance the BBC chain because they did not watch live television broadcasts.

In addition to the abolition of managerial posts at different levels of the station, other divisions will also be reduced.

Hall defended the move to “meet the financial challenges we face” and insisted that the goal was to provide viewers with quality programmes.

He added that the plan aimed to make the BBC “simpler” and “leaner”.

The corporation has already taken steps to trim an estimated 1.5 billion pounds by 2017, mainly through a significant reduction in administrative costs and salaries.

Hall explained that income from the licence fee paid by viewers to watch the BBC would bring in about 150 million pounds less from 2016-17 than what was estimated back in 2011.

The reason for the drop, Hall found, was that people were increasingly using mobile internet for information, while fewer and fewer households actually owned a television.

(IANS)

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BBC Demands White House Security Review After Cameraman Attacked at Trump Rally

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said journalists should never be assaulted for just doing their jobs.

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FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 11, 2019. The British Broadcasting Corporation has asked the White House for a review of security arrangements after a BBC cameraman was assaulted at the rally. VOA

The British Broadcasting Corporation is asking the White House for a security review after a BBC cameraman was attacked at a Trump rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas.

Camera Ron Skeans was unhurt after a Trump supporter wearing a trademark “Make America Great Again” hat jumped onto the media platform and started shoving him.

BBC reporter Gary O’Donoghue said the man tried to smash the camera before he was restrained. He could be heard yelling profanities at TV reporters and crews as another Trump supporter pulled him away.

President Trump paused, asked if everything was “OK,” and continued his speech about building a border wall, and talking more about the “totally dishonest media.”

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O’Donoghue says the attack came after Trump “repeatedly goaded the crowd over supposed media bias.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Tuesday “President Trump condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people, including members of the press. We ask that anyone attending an event to do so in a peaceful and respectful manner.”

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said journalists should never be assaulted for just doing their jobs.

“There is a broader issue here, which is that last year, 80 journalists were killed across the world. … We are very worried about this,” he said.

A BBC bureau chief said there was no security around the media platform, and no policemen intervened during or after the cameraman was assaulted.

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The media has been one of Trump’s chief targets for insults since he started his presidential campaign. He has berated reporters during news conferences, accused television networks of lying, and constantly refers to The New York Times — the country’s premier newspaper — as “failing” and “gutless.” (VOA)