BBC World Service has announced that nearly 400 of its staff will lose their jobs as the broadcaster kicks off a cost-cutting programme and a move to digital platforms.
The BBC’s international services is looking to make savings of £28.5 million ($31 million) as part of wider reductions of £500 million.
The broadcaster, which operates in 40 languages around the world and boasts of a weekly audience of 364 million people, is going digital due to a freeze in funding and a change in audience media consumption.
According to the broadcaster, the proposals “entail a net total of around 382 post closures.”
Under the restructuring plans, Azerbaijani, Brasil, Marathi, Mundo, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese will be joined by Chinese, Gujarati, Igbo, Indonesian, Pidgin, Urdu and Yoruba as digital only services.