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BBC to axe 65 roles in radio

MUMBAI: The BBC will be reducing the headcount in its radio division by around 15 per cent, which will lead to 65 roles facing the axe in a major internal reorganisation of the division in the face of significant savings challenges.

The move comes shortly after BBC’s radio stations Radio One and 1Xtra announced the axing of its radio DJs Edith Bowman, Rob Da Bank, Jen Long and more.

BBC has also announced that Radio 1, 2, 1Xtra, 6Music and the Asian Network will be jointly run, though they will maintain their own controllers to ‘preserve the station’s culture and distinctiveness’.

The cuts are part of the BBC’s Delivering Quality First plans, which aim to cut costs by £800 million a year by 2017.

As per reports, Radios 1 and 2 will share commissioning, filming, live events and operations, while keeping separate production, business management and music teams.

Radios 3 and 4 will retain their own commissioning, scheduling and music functions, while sharing station management, presentation and administration functions.