NUJ challenges BBC on job cuts

Journalists have urged the BBC to end its “silence” over cost-cutting reviews amid speculation that thousands of jobs might go.

Director general Mark Thompson instituted four major reviews when he took over in June which are due to report back in a month’s time.

NUJ broadcasting spokesman Paul McLaughlin said journalists are concerned about press reports this week that up to 6,000 of the BBC’s 28,000 staff could go.

He said: “Silence is making things more difficult for people and I think the BBC has a duty to be honest with people and tell them what’s going on.

It would appear that even the core public interest function of news is not exempt from these cuts.”

“We are concerned that the BBC has now said job losses could be in the order of thousands rather than hundreds.

We’ve had conversations with the BBC and asked them whether these figures are just speculation or not and they have not denied them.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “The reviews are ongoing and won’t report back until the end of November or the beginning of December.”

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