National commentators will concentrate on the overall job cuts (2000) and on the exit from
For Local Radio the verdict seems to be pretty much as was widely predicted; all stations safe, some sharing of afternoon and evening programmes, details being given to teams as I write this.
The shock and upset for me came in the 40% cut in regional current affairs.
That will have a devastating effect on very small teams in the regions, and could remove the regional flavour from BBC1 and BBC2 outside the specific regional news programmes (Look North etc).
The happier news is that a further thousand posts are moving to
Moving the whole of BBC3 and flagship Radio 4 consumer show You and Yours to Salford helps secure the future of the northern production centre as an equal, not junior, partner with
The fact that so many
The challenge facing the BBC's managers in the regions now is to achieve 11% more productivity with 11% fewer staff. That should be doable.
Losing one in ten will be tough. Those, probably a majority, already working to capacity will struggle to work 11% harder and simultaneously pick up the work of those who depart; but is everyone working flat out? Everyone? Really?
The tougher bit will be to achieve the 25% operational savings. That's bound to have a direct impact on the programmes listeners see and hear. Freelance shifts, already tight, will become virtually non-existent; perhaps more importantly, contracts will become even scarcer than they have been for the past 18 months, removing the 'bridge' between casual engagements for a day or two and staff posts with holidays and pensions. That's bad news for those of us involved in training the next generation.
More reaction to come later .......