The BBC is to cut more than 1,000 jobs, including many managerial roles, because of a £150 million shortfall in its licence fee income.
Staff were being given details of the cuts by director general Tony Hall in a meeting at the corporation’s central London offices.
He was saying that an increasing number of people do not watch live television, so do not need to pay the licence fee.
It is understood that around three layers of management will be cut, while some of the BBC’s divisions will be reduced.
The jobs are mainly going in professional and support services amid moves to cut back on duplication of roles.
Hall said: “A simpler, leaner, BBC is the right thing to do and it can also help us meet the financial challenges we face.
“We’ve already significantly cut the costs of running the BBC, but in times of very tough choices we need to focus on what really matters – delivering outstanding programmes and content for all our audiences.”