Nov 062015

The BBC is understood to have shelved plans to potentially shut its 24-hour news channel.

The corporation has been exploring plans to make the BBC News TV channel online-only and replacing it with a mobile streaming service if further cuts need to be made.

The total costs associated with running the channel are in excess of £110m a year, including production, newsgathering, content, distribution and infrastructure.

However, it is understood a review of the cost benefits of closing the TV channel found that it was likely to only save perhaps £15m to £16m annually, not as big a saving as expected.

This is because a lot of the costs associated with the channel would not directly translate into savings because they would have to be reassigned to other areas of news.


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