BBC News will "cut a further 415 posts and restructure to increase focus on digital journalism," according to Sweney & Deans of the London GUARDIAN. BBC Dir of News and Current Affairs James Harding told staff on Thursday that there will be £48M ($82M) in "annual savings and a total of 500 workers will be affected by the cuts." The wideranging cuts to BBC News "will include the axing of a number of special on-air journalist roles -- although other new positions will be created -- and flagship BBC1 current affairs show Panorama losing its dedicated reporters." However, Harding said that 195 new positions "will be created in the restructure, meaning a net reduction of 220 full-time posts across news and current affairs." BBC News currently employs some 8,400 people, including about 5,000 journalists (GUARDIAN, 7/17).
FC Bayern Munich is now online in North America. At www.fcbayernmunich.com, U.S. fans of the club have access to exclusive content tailored specifically to their interests (Bayern Munich). ... La Liga side Atlético Madrid's official Twitter account -- @Atleti -- now has more than 1 million followers. The reigning La Liga champ has increased its Twitter following by 131% over the past year and is now one of 15 European teams with 1 million or more followers on Twitter (LA JUGADA FINANCIERA, 7/17). ... The Rio de Janeiro police department said that four police officers "have been suspended after being caught on video as they beat journalists during an anti-World Cup protest." A police department spokesperson said that the four "will remain suspended until the conclusion of the investigation." Spokesperson Bernardo Moura said that "15 journalists were injured at the protest including a Canadian, Peruvian and Italian and two Brazilians working for foreign news agencies" (AP, 7/16). ... BT Sport announced that recently retired Irish rugby player Brian O'Driscoll has joined the broadcaster as its newest pundit. BT Sport welcomed O'Driscoll to its team for its coverage of the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup. O'Driscoll "will appear every Wednesday night on the 'Rugby Tonight' show" (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 7/16).