Richard Sambrook, former head of sport, news and most recently director of global news at the BBC before leaving the Corporation to join the Edelman PR company, has described the job cuts to be announced at the World Service today as a "major blow to serious journalism."
Sambrook said on Twitter: "Thinking of former colleagues in BBC World Service - a quarter of organisation to be axed. Major blow to serious journalism."
A Facebook group SOS BBC World Service has been set up by supporters.
- Members of the NUJ will attend a protest today (Wednesday January 26) at 1.00 pm at the Aldwych entrance to the World Service Bush House building in London.