DM2014: Concerns for standards in new local television stations
11 April 2014
Delegates at the union’s Eastbourne conference called for a national dialogue between unions and the new local television companies to help create a benchmark pay structure, proper levels of training, health and safety standards and to uphold proper editorial standards.
Speakers were also concerned that a dialogue should be directed at preventing the misues of students, interns and casuals in the local stations, as well as avoiding the misues of casuals and those already working for newspapers allied to the new broadcasters.
The conference noted that much of the funding for the new stations will come from BBC licence funding or through state and European funding.
During a lively broadcasting debate, the conference also expressed concern that relations between the NUJ and the BBC were at a historic low, a situation which delegates believed was caused by a breakdown in confidence with the BBC. Delegates called for a meeting between BBC director general Tony Hall and the NUJ to discuss a new framework to re-establish good industrial relations.
Conference also called for the ‘decoupling’ of funding for the S4C channel in Wales from BBC Wales, and to ensure that overseeing the financial resources and editorial independence of the channel is devolved to the Welsh government.