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BBC News Division to Cut 500 Jobs (Forbes)
BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting program, and that industrial action could well follow. The Guardian Up to 600 job losses are expected to be confirmed in BBC News, with around 80 posts going in BBC Radio, with full details of the cuts expected to be announced next month. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cuts, which will be phased in over a two-year period, will reduce BBC’s staff of 8,000 by roughly 6 percent. The Telegraph It currently employs around 5,400 journalists, all of whom are expected to be assessed under an appraisal system throughout this year. James Harding, director of news and current affairs, has already warned staff the BBC is only half way through its cost-cutting drive, with 14 percent of its budget having to be reduced by 2017. HuffPost In February 2013, BBC journalists went on strike to protest job cuts, which, at the time, were rumored to be around 2,000 lost positions in years ahead. Just last month, the BBC offered a 1 percent pay increase to employees earning less than £50,000 — or around $68,000. The small pay raise was blasted by trade unions, calling it “completely unacceptable” and blaming the company’s poor leadership for the cost cuts. BBC employees have reacted similarly to the stirring rumors of the layoffs ahead.

Hillary Clinton Adds Additional Hard Choices Interviews, Town Hall (FishbowlDC)
Late Tuesday afternoon, ABC News issued a press release announcing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton‘s first one-on-one TV interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on her forthcoming book, Hard Choices. The interview will air as a special on June 9 at 9 p.m. The following morning, Robin Roberts will be the first to interview Clinton live on television, for Good Morning America. Capital New York Additionally, a spokesperson for CBS News said Tuesday that correspondent Jane Pauley will interview Clinton for a piece to air on CBS Sunday Morning on June 15. News of the bookings comes the same day that NBC News announced that Cynthia McFadden would interview Clinton for a June 10 piece, and that CNN would hold a town hall meeting with Clinton, moderated by Christiane Amanpour, on June 17. TVNewser The CNN event, to take place June 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. will be the only network televised town hall as Clinton pushes her new memoir. In addition to Amanpour’s questions, Clinton will take questions from the American public with nothing off limits. Deadline Hollywood It is the same day Clinton’s scheduled to undergo a joint interview with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, spanning the two anchors’ respective programs, starting on Special Report at about 6:45 p.m. ET and wrapping with On The Record at about 7:15 p.m.

Did John Oliver’s Netflix Defense, Anti-Net Neutrality Rant Crash FCC Servers? (LostRemote)
HBO funnyman John Oliver’s 13-minute net neutrality rant from this past Sunday’s Last Week Tonight might have gotten more than laughs out of viewers. Mashable The FCC’s online commenting system went down on Monday for “a few hours” due to “unusually heavy traffic,” the FCC’s press secretary Kim Hart confirmed. The system received 22,257 comments by Tuesday afternoon, almost as many as the FCC had previously received — before the weekend, the total was around 25,000, Hart said. Deadline Hollywood An FCC rep told reporters Tuesday it’s not clear if Monday’s disruption to its comments system was caused by Oliver’s call to action. On his Sunday show, Oliver said cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for Internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it, calling on viewers to lodge protest with the FCC. Variety FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing rules of the road for the Internet that have generated protest and criticism. Public interest groups argue that they are not strong enough to prevent Internet providers from offering paid prioritization to deliver content. The rules have not been approved, and instead the agency has set aside a period of time to take public comment.

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