'Rottweiler' BBC boss under attack from NUJ

BBC director general Mark Thompson was condemned as a “rottweiler”
as the NUJ’s annual delegate meeting in Scarborough
unanimously passed a motion deploring proposed cuts.
Last month Thompson announced plans to cut 2,050
staff in programme-making departments – more than 400 of which are to
be journalists. The move came on top of 1,700 job cuts already
announced meaning the BBC stands to lose 20 per cent of its workforce.
The motion described Thompson’s proposed
cuts as “the single largest attack on jobs and programme-making
capacity at the BBC in the history of the organization, threatening the
core programmes and services which define the role of the BBC.”
The ADM also passed motions condemning the war in
Iraq, starting a national campaign for union recognition at the Press
Association and raising union subs by £5 a year.
For two pages of reports see Press Gazette on 15 April.

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