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LATEST BBC NEWS CUTBACKS DECRIED BY JOURNALISTS’ UNION

March 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The British National Union of Journalists has denounced the latest cutbacks at the BBC, which will see 140 jobs eliminated in the news division over the next year. NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet lashed out at BBC director general Mark Thompson, accusing him of engaging in “shabby, behind-closed-doors” dealings with the David Cameron government. “The top quality journalism we expect from the BBC is under severe threat. There will be fewer original news packages and more repeats.” Published reports have suggested that the BBC intends to eliminate 500 positions as part of its “Delivering Quality First” strategy. Stanistreet indicate that the union plans to recommend to Thompson’s successor that he reverse the cuts. “When times are tough, the money should be used to protect creative content and quality news journalism,” she said.