The BBC has admitted it is “inevitable” that services will have to be closed or cut with rolling news, BBC4 and children’s television channels such as CBBC identified as possible candidates for the axe.
In his first response to the government’s green paper and a funding deal that will see BBC annual funding cut by 20% over the next five years director general Tony Hall outlined ambitious new proposals set to cost £150m.
However, the “tough” spending deal – set to see more than £650m in total cuts – will mean hard decisions have to be made in order to position the BBC for an age in which many more licence fee payers will be going online to use its services.
“The BBC faces a very tough financial challenge,” said Hall, speaking at the Science Museum on Monday. “So we will have to manage our resources ever more carefully and prioritise what we believe the BBC should offer. We will inevitably have to either close or reduce some services.”
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