The BBC is to cut over 400 posts under plans to make millions of pounds of savings over the next two years.

Staff are today being told details of the cuts at a briefing at the corporation's central London headquarters, including news of jobs being created.

Around 190 posts will be created, with 415 cut.

There will be a net reduction of about 220 full-time jobs across news and current affairs.

Director of News James Harding said the cuts over the next two years were part of savings needed as a result of a freeze in the licence fee.

"It will be a testing time of uncertainty and change," the BBC quoted Mr Harding as telling staff in the briefing.

BBC workers are set to go on strike on 23 July during the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow over the layoffs.

British Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government froze the licence fee for six years in 2010 as part of sweeping austerity measures to cut a record deficit.

The BBC also announced 2,000 job cuts in November 2011.

BBC News currently employs around 8,400 people, including around 5,000 journalists, the corporation said.