In some breaking news this afternoon, The BBC will stop broadcasting CBBC and BBC Four as linear channels over the next few years as it hopes to rebuild for the "digital age", the BBC has said.
According to Sky News, this afternoon, the BBC has also informed staff that it will cut 1,000 jobs over the next few years.
In a speech this afternoon, the BBC's Director-general Tim Davie told staff that the organisation must reform to stay relevant and continue to provide great value for all.
They said there were plans to "stop broadcasting smaller linear channels, such as CBBC and BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra, after the next few years".
? The BBC has set out the blueprint to build a digital public service media organisation. In a speech to staff, Director-General Tim Davie said the BBC must reform to stay relevant and continue to provide great value for all.
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Addressing staff Tim Davie said: "This is our moment to build a digital-first BBC. Something genuinely new, a Reithian organisation for the digital age, a positive force for the UK and the world."
Other TV channels are to be affected by the new plans, too, including BBC News and BBC World News. Both channels will merge to create a single 24-hour TV news channel serving both UK and international audiences.
The new channel will simply be called BBC News.
CBBC first launched in 1985 as part of the BBC programming block, before becoming its own channel in 2002. BBC Four launched in the same year, while Radio 4 Extra relaunched in 2007 under the new banner. It was formerly BBC 7.