THE BBC is to close its base in Caversham as part of £4million cuts
THE BBC is to close its base in Caversham as part of £4million cuts.
The move, which was announced on Tuesday, will mean the loss of at least 65 jobs in BBC Monitoring, which has been based at Caversham Park since 1943. Some other jobs will be relocated to London.
The corporation will look to sell Caversham Park, which also houses BBC Radio Berkshire, but there is no timeline for this. BBC Monitoring supplies news, information and comment translated and analysed from publicly available media sources from 150 countries in 100 different languages. It employs 320 people across the world but this number will be cut by 100.
Fran Unsworth, BBC World Service group director, said it was necessary to meet savings targets and adapt to “a new digital landscape”.
She said: “The proposals are designed to make BBC Monitoring fit for the future and better for its clients, focusing on digital and social as well as traditional media.”