Five hundred technical and support staff
Five hundred technical and support staff from radio production resources and radio outside broadcasts will transfer to either the radio and music division or World Service on 1 April 2002. No job losses are expected.
In a statement, the BBC said: 'The changes will enable a more coordinated approach to investment, staff training and radio production strategy and standards.'
Union representatives from Bectu have welcomed the move and described it as 'the return of common sense', arguing that radio production resources have been in limbo since they were excluded from Resources Ltd, the separate trading company set up in 1998. By contrast, radio outside broadcasts were part of Resources Ltd.
This latest move effectively marks the end of the production services division, the non-commercial part of BBC Resources, following the transfer of much of the division's activities to other parts of the BBC earlier this year (Broadcast, 23.2.01).