BBC News has suspended plans to cut 450 jobs as it faces the demands of covering the coronavirus pandemic.
The job losses were announced in January and were part of a plan to complete a £80m savings target by 2022.
Outlets due to be hit include BBC Two’s Newsnight, BBC Radio 5 Live and the World Service’s World Update programme.
Director general Tony Hall gave staff the news on Wednesday, a week after the broadcaster delayed the end of the free TV licence scheme for all over-75s.
Some programmes, such as Politics Live and Victoria Derbyshire, have been taken off air to prioritise coronavirus coverage, and several radio…