Tuesday, 2 March 2010
NUJ : 'Hundreds of BBC staff face jobs axe'
Dear said: "In confirming these proposals today, Mark Thompson has put BBC management on a collision course - not just with us and the hundreds of BBC staff who face losing their jobs, but with licence fee payers up and down the country.
"BBC management's strategy of desperate, hopeful, self-sacrifice is fundamentally flawed. Far from convincing an incoming government or commercial rivals that the BBC should now be left well alone, their self-harming approach will only encourage commercial media operations to demand more cuts.
"The unions will be meeting Mark Thompson on Wednesday morning at 11am, where we will make it clear that the proposal to jettison huge amounts of valuable public service output, with hundreds of staff losing their jobs in the process, will be opposed. We cannot stand by and watch staff and outstanding public service content sacrificed at to satisfy the demands of Rupert Murdoch and other commercial interests."
BBC Strategy Review summary