In its first response to the government’s green paper, the BBC has set out proposals detailing a fundamental change of approach for the Corporation, including a number of service reductions and cuts.
As the BBC looks to cut costs by 20% over the next five years, director general Tony Hall has outlined how the Corporation plans to adapt and change to meet an increasingly digital audience, commenting: “There are hard choices ahead on where the BBC will scale back what it delivers. These choices will be set out later in the year.”
In addition to rolling news and BBC4, there has been considerable speculation that children’s television channels such as CBBC will fall victim to the cuts, which could potentially have an impact in both the children’s programming and licensing communities. However, it has also been suggested that the BBC is looking to introduce a new children’s service – iPlay – that will allow children to access a greater volume of content across more platforms, which could mitigate the effects of changes to the current CBBC format.