Meyer gets gold badge for exposing 'bullying'

BBC whistleblower Laurie Meyer was among those honoured with a gold NUJ badge.

has been a member of the NUJ since 1970, but earned his gold badge for
his actions after joining the BBC Tunbridge Wells newsroom in 2001.

lost his job after going public about a “a culture of bullying and
harassment” which he said was being ignored by senior staff.

He said: “Bullying in the BBC and especially in regional broadcasting is still rife and the BBC must be more transparent.

BBC remains a great public service institution, but it must now learn
to treat its own people fairly and with the respect they deserve.”

The 84-year-old Irish freelance, Arthur Quinlan, a member of the NUJ since 1946, was made a member of honour.

has secured countless scoops from his freelance operation at Shannon
airport by the virtue of the fact that it was a refuelling point for
most transatlantic flights.

Among his claims to fame was the fact that he had interviewed every US president from Harry S Truman to Bill Clinton.

Studley, FoC of the Liverpool Post and Echo, was also made a member of
honour as was veteran broadcaster Alex Pascall, who said that the award
ranked alongside receiving the OBE.

After receiving the prize he led the conference in a song entitled, You’re in the same boat brother.

said: “Working for the NUJ has been the highlight of my life. It has
brought some exasperations, but has also brought great rewards.
Promoting trade unionism has always been something of a personal
crusade – organisations like ours are vital to the success and
well-being of any society.”

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