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BBC efficiencies and reform


In 2017, the BBC began a programme designed to deliver efficiencies of £800 million a year by 2021-22. In 2020, it increased this target to £1 billion due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By 2019-20, the BBC had delivered annual efficiencies of £618 million, with almost 80% of these coming from three of its six divisions. It still had to deliver £400 million more efficiencies by 2021-22, mostly from its more customer-facing divisions – Content (£235 million), Nations & Regions (£47 million), and News (£46 million).

The Committee will question the BBC Director General and senior executives on the Corporation’s progress in hitting its savings targets; the impact of its savings upon its content and news coverage; and how well it is preparing to deliver further savings.

If you have any evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 19 January 2022.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 19 January 2022.

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