BBC South Today’s website is among 170 sites which have been earmarked for closure by the BBC as part of a 25% cut to the corporation’s online budget.
The cuts, which are out for consultation, will lead to the total loss of 360 jobs, 70 of which will be from from journalism, news and non-news parts of regional sites.
BBC director general Mark Thompson said :”A refocusing on our editorial priorities, a commitment to the highest quality standards and a more streamlined and collegiate way of working will help us transform BBC Online for the future.”
As part of the plans,the BBC said it will increase links to external sites to generate 22m referrals within three years. One way in which it already does this is through its links to other news sites on regional news pages, such as this one on BBC Sussex. Brighton and Hove News would be delighted to be included here, but sadly our requests have so far been unsuccessful.