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Peers warned of perils of radio out-sourcing

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31 January 2018

The NUJ has published a briefing paper, as part of its Save BBC Radio campaign, which warns peers about the perils of outsourcing radio, as Lord Stevenson of Balmacara leads a debate in the House of Lords on Thursday 1 February on  ensuring a sustainable independent radio production sector to 2027.

The NUJ said it:

  • Deplores the fact there has still been no review, by any body, of the "public value" of increasing competitive tendering of BBC national radio to 60 per cent by 2022, or of the impact this will have on both independent and in-house BBC radio production centres. 
  • Estimates that the additional cost to the BBC of the increase in tendering is c. £1m in the first year alone; £1m would pay for hundreds of Radio 4 programmes or almost two months of programming on 1Xtra or the Asian Network.
  • Agrees with the judgement of former controller of Radio 5 Live Roger Mosey that the huge increase in competitive tendering is "a daft idea that could destroy in-house expertise for little or no financial gain".

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