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October 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Forced by government mandate to make drastic cuts, the publicly supported BBC announced today (Thursday) that it will lay off nearly 2,000 employees, produce fewer entertainment TV shows, restrict its expendure on sports rights and apply numerous cutbacks to its radio operations. The cuts are expected to result in a savings of nearly $1 billion a year by 2017, The most drastic cuts will be applied to the BBC2’s daytime programming, which will be eliminated and replaced by news programming. Less money will also be available to acquire Hollywood-produced television shows. BBC Online’s budget is to be cut by 25 percent. BBC Director General Mark Thompson attempted to put a best face on the cutbacks. “This is a plan which puts quality and creativity first. It’s a plan for a smaller BBC, but a BBC which uses its resources more effectively and collaboratively to deliver a full range of services to the public,” he said.