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BBC promises more ‘programming from the nations’ and less from London as part of digital-first shift

26 May 2022 3 minutes Read
The new BBC Wales Headquarters building based at 3 Central Square in Cardiff.

The BBC has promised “bigger investment in programming from the nations” and less from London as part of a cost-cutting shift away from broadcast and to on-demand digital audiences.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie said that although “broadcast channels will be essential for years to come” the publicly-funded corporation would now move “decisively to a largely on-demand world”.

In a speech to staff he added that as part of that shift to digital content would involve producing more across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and less in London.

“Beyond news we’ll continue to transform our portrayal of different parts of the UK, fully delivering ‘Across The UK’ plans, and spending more in the devolved nations and outside London,” he said.

“Our goal is bigger, even more ambitious shows – keeping a very strong sense of locality but also able to work beyond borders.

“When it comes to our local and regional offer, which is utterly critical to the BBC, we’re going to maintain our overall investment in content, and our support for the Local Democracy Reporting Service, despite our funding challenges.

“But we will reshape our local services to be fit for the digital world – increasing the impact of our journalism online, and putting compelling local storytelling at the heart of iPlayer, Sounds and News, with a multimedia BBC presence in over 40 towns and cities.”

Cuts

The changes were also driven by a ned to save money, with the first phase representing £500m of annual savings and reinvestment, they said.

Overall, there will be up to 1,000 fewer people employed in the public-funded part of the BBC over the next few years.

Director-General Tim Davie told staff: “When I took this job I said that we needed to fight for something important: public service content and services, freely available universally, for the good of all.

“This fight is intensifying, the stakes are high.”

Speaking to staff, Mr Davie said: “This is our moment to build a digital-first BBC. Something genuinely new, a Reithian organisation for the digital age, a positive force for the UK and the world.

“Independent, impartial, constantly innovating and serving all. A fresh, new, global digital media organisation which has never been seen before.

“Driven by the desire to make life and society better for our licence fee payers and customers in every corner of the UK and beyond.  They want us to keep the BBC relevant and fight for something that in 2022 is more important than ever.

“To do that we need to evolve faster and embrace the huge shifts in the market around us.”

Work will start immediately, with further details to be announced in the coming months, including consultations with staff, the BBC said.

Mr Davie added: “I believe in a public service BBC for all, properly funded, relevant for everyone, universally available, and growing in the on-demand age. This plan sets us on that journey.”


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Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago

The BBC should also stop its journalists using the insulting word “Welshing”

Cynan
Cynan
1 month ago

The Unionist BBC that sytemically diminishes those who would seek a Federal UK or independence? Tory Tim can promise what he wants. These days I get my comedy from C4/UKTV, my drama, scifi and entertainment from several streaming services and my news from C4, France 24, Reuters and Al Jazeera. I really don’t have any use for this Tory hijacked, stuck-in-the-mud, Unionist, Classist, Isolationiast, Middle-class-anglocentric, barely trying waste of my license fee, whether it is patronisingly patting the senior nations on our heads or not. When was the last Welsh accent you heard on the mainstream national (not regional) BBC… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Cynan
Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Cynan

News at 10 last night?

Cynan
Cynan
1 month ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

I’m not sure News at Ten counts as a drama though, but fair point. Huw Edwards. The man his employers told him sounded too Welsh

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
1 month ago

The BBC main news only mention Wales if it’s bad news they never say anything good about Wales. That’s why I’ve stopped watching the BBC television and stopped paying my license they always portray Wales in a bad light

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Malcolm rj

I agree. But everywhere else ignores Wales!!

Cynan
Cynan
1 month ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Untrue. I’ve heard more about us in France 24 than on BBC. Even once on Al Jazeera (though it was about Gareth Bale)

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