ER Editor: And this just right after Elon Musk gave a young BBC presenter, James Clayton, the Interview from Hell. Or, rather, the BBC itself. Coincidence much? No, and we don’t believe in the ‘cost-cutting’ excuse, either. See —
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Top BBC presenters including Huw Edwards, Reeta Chakrabarti, Clive Myrie and Sophie Raworth get bombshell redundancy letters as the Beeb tries to save millions
- The cash-strapped BBC is trying to save costs by restructuring its news division
- Furious insiders say it has caused already low staff morale to plummet further
- Huw Edwards received the letter despite recently signing a new three-year deal
CHRIS HASTINGS for MAIL ON SUNDAY
The BBC has sent redundancy letters to some of its most famous news presenters, including Huw Edwards, Reeta Chakrabarti, Clive Myrie and Sophie Raworth.
The cash-strapped Corporation, which is trying to save costs by restructuring its news division, has written to all its senior TV and radio presenters asking them to consider voluntary redundancy.
The Mail on Sunday understands that the letter from Philippa Busby, the interim managing editor of news and current affairs, has been sent to senior figures on BBC1, as well as some of Radio 4’s biggest names, including Nick Robinson and Justin Webb, who host the station’s flagship Today programme.
The decision to target some of the most senior journalists has sent shockwaves through BBC News. Furious insiders say it has caused morale among staff, which was already low, to plummet even further.
The redundancy letters have been linked to cost-cutting measures announced by Director-General Tim Davie last year.
Ms Busby’s letter – a copy of which has been seen by The Mail on Sunday – states: ‘As you will be aware, in 2022 we announced a number of changes across BBC News which have meant that some colleagues have been placed at risk of redundancy, including some colleagues in presenter roles.’
The letter, which was sent out at the beginning of this month, asks staff who ‘would like to consider potentially leaving the BBC under voluntary redundancy’ to arrange a meeting with senior HR executive Tim Burden.
A source in the newsroom, who asked not to be named, said: ‘The email is addressed to all senior news presenters and presenters on the band immediately below. Everyone got it on the same day.
‘Senior figures in TV news, including Huw Edwards, Sophie Raworth, Clive Myrie and Reeta Chakrabarti, have received the letter. It’s also been sent to the main presenters on Radio 4’s Today programme.’
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