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BBC News to cut 400 jobs in austerity drive

Published on Jul 17, 2014 6:01 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The BBC said on Thursday it will cut 415 jobs from its news department in the latest cost-cutting measures by the world's largest public broadcaster.

Director of News James Harding said the cuts over the next two years were part of savings needed as a result of a freeze in the licence fee, which all British households with a television must pay.

"It will be a testing time of uncertainty and change," the British Broadcasting Corporation quoted Harding as telling staff in a briefing at its headquarters in London.

But he said the BBC would create 195 new posts in the news division as part of a restructuring plan, meaning a net reduction of 220 full-time jobs overall.

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