BBC consider scrapping Red Button as part of cuts

 

The BBC are considering scrapping the Red Button service as part of £150m cuts. (photo: espensorvik/Flickr)

The BBC are considering scrapping the Red Button service as part of £150m cuts. (photo courtesy of espensorvik/Flickr)

The BBC are considering closing their Red Button service as part of £150m worth of cuts.

Savings of £150m have to be made by 2017, with an additional £550mto be saved by 2021/2022.

Other cuts include £12m to be cut from the TV budget, with dramas protected, £35m from the BBC’s TV sports rights budget, and £50m cuts coming from 1000 job losses, which were announced in July.

Fans of big-budget shows like Strictly Come Dancing need not worry though, as these will be protected from the budget slashes.

However, sports fans may not be quite as pleased with the news. The BBC has already lost the rights to the Open Golf Tournament, and doubt is being cast on whether it will retain its coverage of sports such as F1 racing.

Director-General Tony Hall said:

“The BBC has and is doing everything possible to make sure the impact on the public is minimised. Wherever possible we’re targeting savings by creating a simpler, leaner BBC.

“But cuts to budgets for programmes and services are unavoidable. No Director-General wants to announce reduced spending on services that the public love. This is very tough, but the BBC’s financial position means there is no alternative.”

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