Broadcast News
Bookmark and Share
08/12/2004
Unions pledge to fight 'savage' cuts proposed by BBC Director-General
The three unions representing BBC staff have launched a campaign against the "savage" redundancies and budget cuts which were announced by Director-General Mark Thomson yesterday.
At a crisis meeting in London, shortly after the BBC went public over 3,000 planned job losses, Bectu, the NUJ, and Amicus representatives voted to stand together in defence of members working for the Corporation.
Condemning the plan for cuts drafted by Mark Thompson, delegates from the three unions pledged to support each other in a battle to protect BBC staff, as well as the BBC's historic obligation to provide high-quality public service broadcasting.
Delegates at the meeting agreed that disruptive action would be co-ordinated across members of all three unions if any section was threatened with compulsory redundancies.
A day of action is planned in early 2005, when the unions will try to persuade politicians and opinion-formers that the BBC will undermine its public service broadcasting role if it goes ahead with the cuts.
BBC staff were still digesting the details of Mark Thompson's cutbacks while union representatives met to decide their response. Many members were angry that they had no clear idea about their futures, despite several months of press speculation, and were left no wiser by the BBC's eventual announcement of job cuts.
Staff targeted for rapid job cuts or out-sourcing - 2,500 professional services staff and another 400 in factual programmes – have received no clear statement from management about whom might be picked for redundancy.
Union negotiators are due to meet BBC management on Thursday December 9 to begin talks about the cuts.
(GB)
Promotion Hire

Top Broadcast News Stories
31/10/2014
Pixel Power Supplies UTV Ireland
Pixel Power has announced a deal to supply two BrandMaster branding switchers to UTV in Belfast for its new Broadcast Centre. UTV already uses Bran
31/10/2014
HHB Upgrades iZotope's RX 4
Scrub, the Soho-based division of HHB Communications, has supplied upgrades to iZotope's RX 4 audio enhancement and restoration software for London au
31/10/2014
FOR-A Renames HVS Switcher Series
FOR-A has unveiled a name change to three products within its HANABI Series of video switchers. The HVS-XT100, HVS-XT110, and HVS-XT2000 switchers
31/10/2014
Leader Instruments Supply Digital Cinematography Seminar
A multi-display test instrument from LEADER's LV538X has played a major role in the summer 2014 Digital Cinematography seminar at Maine Media College
31/10/2014
DOP Jack Shelbourne On Anton/Bauer...
Director of Photography Jack Shelbourn has revealed his choice of Anton/Bauer batteries in his kit portfolio. Mr Shelbourn has shot shorts across
31/10/2014
Production News - Keep It In The Family Filmed At BBC Elstree
BBC Studios and Post Production is supplying studio facilities at BBC Elstree Studio D for ITV game show Keep It In The Family. The ITV Studios' an
30/10/2014
EC/Japan Develop High Speed Networks
The European Commission and Japan have announced four research projects that will seek to develop new technologies for high-speed networks in dense us
30/10/2014
Radium Audio Confirmed For Bottle Yard Studios
Radium Audio is confirmed as the latest addition to the community of businesses based at Bristol's Bottle Yard Studios.

The creative audio compa

30/10/2014
Canon Releases EOS C100 Mark II
Canon has expanded its Cinema EOS System with the launch of the EOS C100 Mark II.

Building on the EOS C100, the EOS C100 Mark II offers an upgra

30/10/2014
tvONE Announces CORIOmax Upgrade
tvONE has announced a new upgrade to its CORIOmax HDBaseT Output Modules.

Now CORIOmaster, CORIOmaster mini, CORIOmatrix and CORIOmatrix mini, w