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BBC World Service journalists vote on outsourcing plans

24 December 2008

Journalists on the BBC World Service are voting in a consultative ballot on management plans to outsource some programming to south Asia.

NUJ members are concerned about job cuts in London and the loss of editorial independence as BBC reports would be subject to local censorship laws.

New management proposals were tabled in negotiations last week – and union members have until 7 January to vote in the ballot.

Paul McLaughlin, NUJ Broadcasting Organiser, said:

"We are pleased that we have reached a stage where members will consulted on the way forward – this is a defining moment in our negotiations.
"Acceptance will bring further talks aimed at resolving the outstanding concerns, rejection will almost certainly lead to a ballot for strike action."

The BBC plans have been criticised by UK Members of Parliament.

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