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    01 March, 2005

    It's our BBC

    The BBC unions are organising action on Wednesday March 2nd, the expected publication date of the BBC Green Paper, and will be outside the National Assembly, to protest against cuts in BBC staffing levels. I am a member of two of the unions involved, the NUJ and Amicus. I am particularly concerned about the impact on BBC Wales. We have a debate in the National Assembly on public service broadcasting as well. The Guardian has more.


    David said...

    2,500 jobs will go from behind-the-scenes areas including administration, PR, marketing and human resources.

    400 posts will go in the BBC factual programming division as part of changes recommended by the content supply review.

    2,400 jobs will be lost or be "outsourced" (ie, won't actually be lost)

    What part of this do you object to and why?

    Leighton Andrews said...

    The BBC is implementing 15% cuts across the board.

    That means jobs going amongst journalists and programme-makers. Some journalists have already lost jobs at BBC Wales.

    You clearly do not know what you are talking about.

    David said...

    I'm suprised you chose to respond in the way you did. I simply asked a question and the figures I quote are from the BBC's website.

    No debate about this then, just name-calling? Ok.

    David said...

    So, the 15% cuts aren't across the board at all although most departments will be expect to make 15% cuts. That doesn't mean 15% job reductions.

    Grade says the status quo isn't an option.

    Why not use this space to present the arguments, Leighton, in a resposible way as an AM and a journalist should?

    Maybe there's money to be saved by not paying criminals to appear in progammes in apparent contravention of the Beeb's own guidelines

    Leighton Andrews said...

    We can certainly agree that the BBC should not be paying criminals!

    I can also read BBC press releases. However, I know from my own sources that the cuts could bite very deep in BBC Wales, and indeed in news programmes across the UK. I did not say this meant 15% of jobs going in every department. Certainly, there will have to be savings. However, the impact which worries me particularly is the direct impact on programmes, and we do not yet know what that will be.

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