Fight for our BBC: this is what you can do
19 February 2013
The NUJ's strike against compulsory redundancies and the threat to quality journalism at the BBC was a great success, with many flagship national and regional programmes pulled off the air. But this could be only the start.
In all, the BBC plans to cut 2,000 jobs. The BBC has already lost more than 7,000 jobs since 2004.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said:
"BBC journalists care deeply about the quality of programming and the corporation's duty as a public service broadcaster. That is why so many are already working way beyond their contracted hours and are 'acting up' without financial reward, and why stress levels across the BBC are at an all-time high."
Cuts under the BBC's cost-saving programme Delivering Quality First will mean:
- Investigative journalism and coverage of political conferences will suffer. Already under the scheme 1,400 news posts have been cut.
- More major sports events will be lost to pay TV.
- Local radio cuts will damage the BBC's reach to local communities.
- In Scotland 100 to 120 jobs could go.
- BBC Wales stands to lose more than 100 jobs in Bangor and Cardiff
What you can do:
Email the BBC Trust.
Tell the email@example.com that you support the strike - the cuts are putting the quality of BBC journalism at risk.
Ask your local MP to sign the BBC redundacies early day motion.