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NUJ rebuts BBC chair’s “off-beam” comments on local radio

Michelle Stanistreet reacts to correspondence between BBC acting chair Dame Elan Closs Stephens and industry expert David Lloyd.

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Reduced BBC licence fee rise will have consequences, says NUJ

The union is disappointed that the government has reneged on a six-year funding agreement on the licence fee which is likely to put further pressure on budgets. The union is also concerned that an announced review of funding failed to make any reference to its role a public service broadcaster.

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The Federation of Entertainment Unions calls for an independent appointment procedure for BBC board

As Dame Elan Closs Stephens takes over as interim chair of the BBC board and head-hunters are searching for a new chair, unions representing the creative sector say it is time to have a new, independent body which represents licence fee payers.

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NUJ welcomes resignation of BBC chair Richard Sharp

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “Richard Sharp has shamefully clung to his position as chair for months, whilst all around him could clearly see his time was up, so of course it is a relief and proper that he has now finally resigned."

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Sharp must now prove political independence to protect trust in BBC

The NUJ says that trust in the BBC must not be damaged by controversy over the role of chairman Richard Sharp in facilitating contact between a supporter of former Prime Minister Boris Johnston and the UK Cabinet Secretary to discuss financial support for the PM.

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NUJ backs MPs' call for a fair procedure in choosing next BBC board chair

Any recruitment process needs to make sure it attracts and appoints the very best candidates; not just friends of the Prime Minister.

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