The BBC have announced that they will be cutting up to 2,000 jobs as it looks to save £670 million a year.
Local radio will be amongst the worst affected and will see 280 job losses as the BBC attempts to contend with a license fee freeze which is expected to run until 2017.
Resources are expected to be pumped into each station’s breakfast and drivetime shows, with non-peak programming to be shared with neighbouring services. This will mean that an average BBC local radio station with 40 or so staff will have to make about a quarter of them redundant.
This announcement follows the news in January that the BBC will be cutting their online budget by 25%, including the decision that local sites will no longer publish feature content.
At a time when local newspapers are under relentless pressure and many local commercial radio stations are becoming more regional in scope, it will be interesting to see what impact these cuts have on the BBC’s 7.25 million local radio listeners in England.