The unions say they have been leaked figures drawn up for the BBC by financial consultants which put the pension deficit at just under £1 billion.
According to the NUJ, the pension scheme’s actuaries are believed to be quoting a figure of £1.5 billion. The amounts are different because some things are variable, like the length of time pensioners will live. The actuaries and the BBC will have to agree on a final figure.
NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear said: “The BBC sought to sell its pensions robbery by claiming it had to plug a £2bn deficit. If today's figures are true, that has now been exposed as a sham.
"The BBC's credibility is in tatters and their justification for these punitive changes completely undermined. They must now come clean and re-start negotiations with everything on the table."
- Members of the BBC staff unions, the NUJ, BECTU and Unite are now voting in a consultative ballot on the BBC's latest pensions offer.