Appearing on the BBC show Newsnight Dyke claimed that he
would have dealt with the situation differently. Dyke said that
the 2,900 job losses which were recently announced could prove to
be "debilitating" for the BBC and could affect the organisation's
He said, "I think that the creativity of an organisation is
based on the morale and enthusiasm and the energy of the staff.
If you could make all those big cuts at one time then you could
pick it up later. If you have to drag them out over three or four
years it's incredibly debilitating for an organisation."
A report in BBC News states that the BBC is hoping to save £320
million per year, which will be put back into programme-making.
Further cuts are expected in the New Year.
The vast majority - some 2,500 posts - will go from administrative
departments including human resources, finance, marketing, training
and legal services. A further 400 jobs will go in the corporation's
factual and learning department.
Dyke told the BBC Two programme that he could not understand the
BBC board's support of the job-cutting plans. "I find the position
of the board of governors a bit odd because many of those governors
were the people who sat there for the last four years supporting
a completely different approach".
Dyke went on to deny that if he had stayed in the job he would
have faced a "new political reality" which would have
forced him to make the same decision. "I don't think that's
the case. Personally I find it offensive in some ways that you try
to appeal to a Labour government by taking people who have got decent
jobs - not particularly well paid, but not bad jobs - where they
get pensions and they have proper support systems and the rest of
it, and we want to take those things outside, often to organisations
where you get none of those."