The BBC respond to ATV Today concerning a memo sent to staff over the financial situation due to the BBC’s coverage of the Chile mine story.

This week a memo sent out by the BBC’s world news editor Jon Williams highlighted his concerns that going over budget with the Chile story means cutting back on upcoming news events, such as the Cancun and Nato summits.

“Regular meetings are part of our normal planning processes to look at how we cover news stories. Clearly when a major unforeseen story happens, especially in a remote location, we have to be responsible and look at how this affects our longer term plans. We have been providing round the clock coverage of the miners story across numerous outlets on radio, TV and online, ensuring we meet the huge interest our audiences have in the story.” – A BBC spokesperson told ATV Today

The BBC have insisted that major stories coming up will be reported on and that they are always reviewing how to provide the best coverage within their means.

“We will continue to cover all the other major stories coming up such as G20, Cancun, Lisbon etc but we are constantly reviewing how to provide the best coverage for our audiences with the resources we have.” – A BBC spokesperson told ATV Today

The Chile mine rescue, which came to a close early yesterday attracted large audiences around the world. On Wednesday, the BBC News at Six attracted 4.8 million viewers, with the BBC News at Ten getting 5.3 million viewers, an increase on what they usually get. The BBC News Channel has also seen a significant boost, with an average share on Wednesday of 5.16%, compared to 2.86% for Sky News.

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