BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs as viewers trade TVs for Internet

The BBC said it will cut more than 1,000 jobs as viewers turn off televisions and watch programmes on the Internet.
The BBC said it will cut more than 1,000 jobs as viewers turn off televisions and watch programmes on the Internet. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - The BBC said it will cut more than 1,000 jobs because it expects to receive £150 million (S$317 million) less than forecast from the licence fee next financial year as viewers turn off televisions and watch programmes on the Internet.

Every British household with a television has to pay £145.50 a year to the BBC, a public service broadcaster which was founded in 1922.

"The licence fee income in 2016/17 is now forecast to be £150 million less than it was expected to be in 2011," the BBC said in a statement.

"This is because as more people use iPlayer, mobiles and online catch-up, the number of households owning televisions is falling. It also provides further evidence of the need for the licence fee to be modernised to cover digital services."

Only 69 per cent of viewing by British adults is now through live TV and among 16- to 24-year-olds, only 50 per cent of viewing is done through live TV, the country's telecoms regulator said.