Staffing costs are expected to be cut by 16 per cent and the new structure should be in place by October. The department's budget is£70 million.
Bannister also told staff last Friday (23 June ) that he aimed to cut back on duplication in the press department. Under plans to be put before the BBC executive committee and governors he is considering re-focusing TV press away from genres towards channels or different types of viewers.
Last week BBC head of strategic marketing, radio Vanessa Griffiths quit to become Discovery Networks Europe vice-president of marketing.