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2,000 facing axe in crisis at BBC

THE BBC is understood to be planning to cut 2,000 jobs as part of an attempt to make savings of around 20pc.

Staff are attending meetings with the corporation today to discover details of its Delivering Quality First initiative.

Industry insiders indicate that it is likely that around 2,000 jobs will be lost.

Director General Mark Thompson will unveil details of the move today, which comes after the annual licence fee was frozen at £145.50 for six years.

Mr Thompson has admitted it might lose some of its top stars as pay is cut for on-screen talent.The BBC's best-known west London home, Television Centre, is already up for sale.