Thousands of jobs lost throughout journalism
15 June 2011
The flow of vital news and information to the public is threatened by continuing savage cuts to jobs in newspapers and broadcasting, the NUJ has warned.
Following a series of job cut announcements at the BBC and newspapers around the UK, the NUJ has blamed the continuing economic meltdown for the latest round of attacks on member's jobs and the services they provide.
The BBC has proposed 1,500 job cuts in BBC news. More than 100 people are now at risk of compulsory redundancy in the BBC World Service. NUJ members are also at risk in BBC Monitoring, BBC Scotland, and potentially at BBC Wales, BBC 4, BBC Sport and TV Current Affairs.
The NUJ has held urgent talks in Glasgow with the Daily Record following the shock announcement that up to 90 editorial jobs could go as part of a restructuring exercise. The Midland News Association is pushing ahead with 35 redundancies in Shropshire Newspapers and 60 jobs are also at risk at the Wolverhampton Express and Star.
Journalists at Newsquest in South London will held a 48-hour strike (June 15 and 16) in a dispute over redundancies and in support of quality local journalism. BBC NUJ members are balloting for strike action on compulsory redundancies at the corporation.
While jobs are threatened at the BBC, the new chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten has indicated that protecting the World Service is a priority for the corporation.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary-elect, said:
"The NUJ welcomes the commitment by Lord Patten to put a stop to the damaging cuts at the BBC World Service. We are pleased he has recognised the international protests against the cuts which echoed everything that BBC journalists have said about their concern for the service they provide.
"The relentless attacks on our members' jobs reflect the continuing economic meltdown. The NUJ is determined to take all action necessary to defend the jobs of journalists and to protect the vital public service they provide."