About 37 BBC jobs are set to be lost at the Mailbox in Birmingham with the closure of the regional unit of TV facilities company Resources Ltd.
Broadcasting union BECTU condemned the BBC for the decision to cut 210 jobs across Birmingham, Bristol and London, with one in every three positions being shed at the wholly-owned BBC subsidiary.
Executives said a drop-off in work, partly due to cuts in BBC programme budgets, had led to the proposed jobs cull.
Cuts across the 700-plus staff include the planned closure of post-production activities at the Mailbox in Birmingham and at BBC Bristol, with almost half the company’s editors in London being sacked.
Staff hit by the cuts will include editors, sound technicians and others, working on programmes such as EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing.
BECTU said management had promised that, wherever possible, job cuts would be achieved through voluntary means.
But union negotiators were warned that some staff could face compulsory redundancy if individual volunteers were turned down on the grounds that the company could not manage without them.
BECTU has agreed to a trawl for redundancy volunteers across the entire workforce, which will start by next Monday at the latest.
But the union has expressed concern that a current rule, which bars staff made redundant from returning to work at the BBC in any capacity within 12 months, will deter many potential volunteers.
BECTU supervisory official Helen Ryan said: “The severity of the cuts has come as a shock. Many of these cuts are due to BBC production budgets being slashed, and the growing tendency of producers to spend money outside the Corporation.”