BBC to cut 450 jobs in major shake-up of regional TV and local radio stations

The BBC has announced a shake-up of regional TV news and local radio in England, leading to 450 jobs being cut.

Changes will see one instead of two presenters fronting the 6.30pm regional TV news bulletins.

Inside Out, the regional current affairs magazine show made in 11 different regions, will be axed and replaced with a new investigative journalism programme from six hubs.

A “simplified schedule” introduced on local radio during the pandemic, with single instead of double presenters and a reduction in the number of shows, will become permanent.

The broadcaster said that BBC England – which currently has more than 3,000 staff – must save £25m by April 2022.