BBC ditches Panorama job cuts

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The NUJ is claiming victory over the threat of job losses at the BBC's flagship current affairs programme, Panorama.

Following negotiations with the union, the Corporation has abandoned plans for compulsory redundancies.

Two of the programme's reporting team have taken voluntary redundancy as part of director general Mark Thompson's strategy of saving £355m a year. The BBC initially wanted to shed three jobs out of a total of 12 on Panorama.

NUJ broadcasting organiser, Paul McLaughlin said: "Having had discussions with BBC News and [BBC TV head of current affairs] George Entwhistle, the threat of redundancy has now been lifted from the group.

"We welcome the decision in the light of the Panorama announcement last week. It will help secure more stability in the department and is in the interests of harmony and good relations all round. It is good news."

The BBC announced last week that Panorama would return to a weekday prime time slot – though shortened to half an hour – seven years after its move to Sunday nights.

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