Published: Oct 06, 2011 12:07 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 06, 2011 2:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) - The British Broadcasting Corp. is cutting 2,000 jobs in a drive to reduce costs.
 
Director General Mark Thompson said Thursday that the plan to cut costs by 20 percent over five years means "stretching efficiencies and significant job losses."
 
BBC managers were meeting staff in offices across the country to explain how the cuts will affect the company's 22,900 employees.
 
Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of the technicians' union Bectu, accused the corporation of "destroying jobs, and destroying the BBC."
 
The government has frozen the license fee paid by households that funds the BBC and also has given the corporation responsibility for funding the World Service, which is now funded by the government's Foreign Office.