BBC internal merger puts jobs at risk


The NUJ is calling for an "urgent and immediate" meeting with BBC bosses over the announcement of a radical restructuring – including potential job losses – within the corporation’s documentaries departments.

Journalists currently working on programmes are waiting anxiously to see how many job cuts result from the merging of the documentaries department with the leisure and factual section of the BBC.

Anne Morrison, controller of leisure and factual entertainment, becomes controller of a single general factual group. Her opposite number at the documentaries group, Jeremy Gibson, is leaving the BBC. Gibson has decided to return to Bristol and did not apply for the London-based job.

A BBC spokeswoman said there would inevitably be job cuts resulting from the merger, but many departures would be as a result of coming to the end of fixed-term contracts.

It is likely to be autumn before Morrison and her new team start to bring in changes.

Paul McLaughlin, NUJ national broadcasting organiser, said: "We are calling for an urgent and immediate meeting with management and we will be looking for assurances on job security."


By Martin McNamara

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