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Efficiency guru to lead cost-cutting drive at Beeb

The BBC's efforts to cut £2bn from its running costs will be headed up by Paul Kirby, head of value for money at the corporation, and the man who led the government?s £20bn efficiency review.

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Kirby is already believed to be looking into the staffing levels at the BBC. ‘Ten years ago the BBC employed 27,000 people,’ he told the BBC’s in house magazine. ‘The number fell to 22,000 and now it’s back to the level it was ten years ago. There may or may not be good reasons for that but did we actually realise that was what we were doing?’

The BBC’s chairman, Michael Grade, has also called in Big Four firm Ernst & Young to help analyse the corporation?s departmental spending.

The target saving of £2bn is hoped to be met before the BBC’s current Royal Charter expires at the end of 2006.

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