Kill It, Cook It, Eat It among casualties…
Quick note for American employees of the BBC: If you work for BBC America, you’re fine. If you work as a freelancer for the BBC, you’re fine. but if you’re one of the few salaried Beeb employees stateside… you might want to be worried.
The BBC is laying off more than 12% of their workforce. Around 2,800 positions are being cut from the BBC’s 23,000 job payroll.
As the Financial Times reports, these are tough times to be working for the BBC in London:
BBC executives are believed to have resisted calls to close one or more services, such as BBC Three, and opted instead for cuts within existing services. The BBC employs 23,000, of whom 18,000 work in its core public service broadcasting activities rather than BBC Worldwide or the World Service.
Its factual output, which ranges from flagship programmes such as Planet Earth and Panorama to populist output such as Top Gear and Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, is understood to be particularly hard hit by the proposed cuts.
As for Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, here you go:
In each programme, we trace the journey of one animal from its life on the farm to its fate at a small working abattoir. At the abattoir, a group of specially invited people, from vegetarians to meat enthusiasts, will witness the slaughter. They’ll also see how the carcass is prepared, with our butcher breaking it down and explaining the different cuts of meat. Our chef Rachel Green will then demonstrate what to do with them.