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NUJ responds to BBC annual report 2013

16 July 2013

Union condemns the high salaries and rewards for senior management and huge sums wasted on legal bills and failed IT projects that should have been used to focus on protecting quality journalism and creative programming.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

“The BBC’s 2013 annual report shows the rewards from the hard work and dedication of staff, including NUJ members, who are committed to produce creative programming and quality journalism on behalf of the corporation.
"The union is pleased to hear that the BBC continues to reach almost every household in the UK and the NUJ welcomes the decision to reverse the plans to cut local radio services following a successful public and parliamentary campaign.
“The NUJ remains opposed to the DQF programme as it will damage the BBC’s output. Relentless cuts have taken place at the BBC year after year over the last decade and more recently the BBC have been slicing off parts of the existing services and axing posts. The cuts on the front line have taken place whilst senior managers have looked after themselves.
“The high salaries and rewards for senior management are indefensible and the huge sums wasted on legal bills and failed IT projects should have been used to focus on protecting quality journalism and creative programming instead. The bad decisions flagged up in the annual report have squandered public money and damaged the BBC’s reputation.
“The BBC persists in cutting jobs without cutting staff workloads and has admitted it does not know what effect the cuts will have. NUJ members delivering quality programming and journalism with dwindling resources already know about the short-cuts they are expected to make.
"The union remains committed to defend the BBC and demands that the corporation carry out a formal impact assessment to measure the impact of the cuts on the quality of production.
“The NUJ has long argued for vital cultural change to the harmful and unhealthy working culture and environment at the BBC. High stress levels and unsustainable workloads have to be urgently addressed, and the toxic instances of harassment and bullying with impunity need to be recognised and properly dealt with.
"The early signs of implementing change have so far been mixed and the NUJ will continue to campaign and negotiate to achieve a better working environment for NUJ members and call for essential improvements at the BBC.”

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