BBC to Cut 900 Jobs as New Boss Outlines Priorities

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Director general Tim Davie cites four focus areas, while Charlotte Moore is promoted to the role of chief content officer.

New BBC director general Tim Davie on Thursday unveiled plans to cut 900 jobs and outlined other initial focus areas for his tenure.

"We will keep a focus on cost reduction," he said. "So BBC UK public service headcount will be smaller. We will deliver agreed changes in News and Nations & Regions – a reduction of 900 roles – and look across the BBC to further reduce duplication, layers and overheads."

He emphasized though: "This does not mean that we are not growing elsewhere. Our commercial Studios business is investing in new jobs, for instance, where we are winning work in areas like natural history."

Davie in a speech also highlighted four priorities "as we seek to bring more value to all." These include renewing the BBC's commitment to impartiality and focusing on "unique, high-impact content," he said. The other two priorities are extracting "more from online" and building commercial income.

The BBC on Thursday also promoted Charlotte Moore to the role of chief content officer after serving in recent years as director of content. She will also join the U.K. public broadcaster's board. Moore was seen as another potential director general before the appointment of former BBC Studios boss Davie to the role.

BBC chairman David Clementi said: "Charlotte has made a huge success of bringing audiences to our television portfolio – resulting in record-breaking figures for [on demand service] iPlayer and ensuring the BBC can reach audiences beyond the critical linear channels."

As chief content officer, she will be "the senior leader for BBC content and audiences across all genres and platforms, with the exception of news and Nations and Regions." that means she will also oversee radio and kids programming.