Big BBC announcement (registration required) this morning from the Director General Mark Thompson. or BBC News take on BBC news here. Major restructure for the digital age, but no mass job cuts like the last big announcement (phew). We have more detailed briefings later in the day, so I may have a better idea of how it will affect this department and New Media, but I can say that we will now be known as “Future Media & Technology” and not “New Media & Technology”. From what I gathered this morning, it seems like a way of streamlining the BBC to commission and create content for multiple (digital) platforms and move away from creating a TV programme with e.g. a bolt-on website, or mobisode. And I can’t argue with that.
BBC News19 July, 2006