Tuesday 15 February 2011

NUJ says 31 BBC current affairs jobs under threat

The NUJ has condemned the announcement by the BBC of job cuts in its current affairs department. The union says 31 jobs threatened in London and Manchester are in reporting, production and support services.

The planned cuts in current affairs follow announcements of the loss of up to 360 posts at BBC Online and plans to slash posts in the BBC World Service by around 650 people.

NUJ deputy general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “The proposed cuts to BBC current affairs are a further legacy of the supine approach of one of the world’s leading broadcasters to the Coalition government.

“Slate by slate and floor by floor, an outstanding broadcasting service which took more than ninety years to build is being destroyed in an onslaught of a thousand cuts. The attacks on current affairs staff are further reducing the ability of the BBC to deliver on its sacred pledge to the public: to inform, educate and entertain."

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