NUJ in higher licence fee plea

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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 3 per cent next year and the year after, and then 2 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: ‘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.”

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