Radio 1 set to slash budgets by 15% as part of BBC cuts

LONDON - BBC Radio 1 is being forced to slash its budgets by 15% as part of the BBC director-general Mark Thompson’s cost-cutting reforms, which are set to claim 3,750 jobs.

Andy Parfitt, the controller of Radio 1, has been told that he will need to make savings of more than £2.25m a year by axing some of its most expensive contracts.

In an interview with The Independent, Parfitt says he has agreed to the efficiencies but is anxious to keep job losses to a minimum among his 92-strong staff.

The cuts at Radio 1 are part of a programme of reforms instigated by Thompson, which he hopes will achieve savings of £350m and reduce the corporation's headcount by almost 4,000.

Some BBC staff have been balloted to strike over the planned cuts.

As many as 9,000 BBC staff are set for three days of strikes on May 23, May 31 and June 1.

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