BBC licence fee deal will mean more job losses, NUJ warns

The NUJ has urged the Government not to impose a below inflation licence fee rise on the BBC.

Just before Christmas, Government leaks revealed the fee would rise by three per cent next year and the year after and then two per cent for the following three years.

The retail price index inflation figure is currently 3.9 per cent.

Union members are to lobby MPs on 9 January, two days before the Cabinet is expected to make a final decision on the licence fee settlement.

 

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “At a time when the Government is demanding the BBC pay for digital switchover, move some services and staff out of London, launch new services and provide more quality content they are cutting funding. The logic is perverse and their figures simply do not add up.

“The inevitable consequence of these damaging cuts is yet more job losses, attacks on the terms and conditions of staff and freelances and compromises on quality and standards.

“BBC staff have faced three years of painful cuts. Any new cuts will not improve efficiency but hit core services. It is programme-making and creative staff who will now pay the price for the Government’s arbitrary spending cuts.

“On 9 January staff, listeners, viewers and MPs will unite to tell the Government, no more cuts.”

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