The voice of the North West will not be silenced

  • 10 Mar 2023

NUJ members were among those gathered to protest changes at BBC Radio Foyle on 10 March.

A united message was sent to BBC bosses from supporters of the #SaveBBCRadioFoyle campaign, gathered outside the station on Northland Road in Derry. 

Felicity McCall, Derry and North West  NUJ Branch spokesperson pledged to continue to fight to save not only the jobs of the journalists involved but the future of the entire station.

She told the large crowd who'd assembled at short notice and in unseasonably wintry weather that any attempt to downgrade the station's standing and reduce its award- winning news and current affairs output would be met by industrial action.

Politicians from all local parties, activists, community leaders and listeners from urban and rural areas came together to voice their support for the vast contribution Radio Foyle has made to the North West since its inception 40 years ago, and their commitment to save the station.

McCall said there was no doubt that BBC management in Belfast and London had been overwhelmed by the level and breadth of opposition to their planned changes and  the NUJ pledged that this opposition would continue to echo round BBC boardrooms and the corridors of Westminster.

The union is undertaking a formal industrial action ballot of members, following planned changes to the station's morning show. Read more in our release. 

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