The headcount at BBC Studios and Post Production (S&PP) is set to be reduced further in 2011 because there is a “99.9% chance” that its Sport and Children’s staff will not follow their production counterparts to MediaCityUK
in Salford.

Last week, the wholly owned subsidiary announced that 44 people were likely to lose their jobs as part of an internal restructure.

Broadcast now understands that a further 24 staff could be lost from the payroll as no parts of BBC S&PP are moving to Salford.

A BBC source said: “We can’t employ them once the work has gone to Salford, so the move will result in people that have been mutually supportive for years being separated.”

S&PP’s resources contract with both Sport and Children’s production will expire when the two departments move north.

Bectu is hopeful that affected staff will have the option to move on a TUPE basis to MediaCityUK’s own in-house facilities services.

The BBC said: “We are currently in discussions with Peel about the service contract for MediaCityUK. We are talking regularly with both S&PP and trade unions about any implications for staff.”