The BBC has embarked on a review of its TV commissioning operation which is likely to lead to redundancies at the corporation.
BBC director of content Charlotte Moore wrote to staff yesterday to give notice of upcoming changes to commissioning.
Moore said: “Over the coming months, each team will be reviewing their structures to establish the best shape for our services, channels and genres. It’s important that we deliver greater efficiency and run our business in the most effective way.”
Factual controller Alison Kirkham and comedy controller Shane Allen met with their teams yesterday to outline the changes.
Explaining the move to staff, Moore said: “In order to build a future-facing division with unrivalled ambition and creativity at its heart, I believe we need to embed a new culture and way of operating. We need to reshape our business further to respond to external and internal challenges.”
She added: “In an age of intense competition and choice, fully embedding the portfolio approach is critical to our future success. The creative opportunities it brings will allow us to plan strategically, and respond quickly to keep pace with our rapidly changing industry.”
A BBC spokesman said: “As part of a wider review within BBC Content division, we are proposing to simplify our commissioning structure in a way that supports creativity, empowers teams and helps quicker decision-making, as well as responding to changing audience needs and delivering against our efficiency targets.
“This may result in some changes, but the commissioning teams will maintain business as usual during this process. We are discussing the specific proposals with staff, so it wouldn’t be appropriate to discuss them publicly at this time, but we will announce our plans in due course.”
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