EFJ Warns : “New Cuts at BBC to be Opposed”

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

today supported its affiliate in Great Britain, the

National Union of Journalists, in their on-going action at the BBC against cuts

in budget.

"We hoped that last year's talks with the BBC over pension cuts put an end

to tensions with the staff, but yesterday's announcement of new and massive

cuts in the BBC budget opened a new threat which will be firmly opposed by

unions," said EFJ President Arne König.

On 13 January, BBC Director General Mark Thompson announced that the

corporation will seek additional cost savings of 20 per cent - about £400m - by

the end of the recently negotiated licence fee settlement in April 2017.

These savings go beyond the target than the 16 per cent

cuts originally anticipated in the licence fee settlement negotiated with the

government in October, including funding the BBC World Service.

Among other measures, the BBC is expected to find savings

of 20 per cent in "output areas" such as programming and content and

25 per cent in online services.

NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear said:

 "Mark Thompson has exposed the real impact of the

behind-closed-doors licence fee deal he did with the Government. BBC staff,

viewers and listeners will pay for that with massive job cuts and a serious

threat to BBC services. The NUJ will resist damaging cuts, service closures and

compulsory redundancies."

The EFJ brings its full support to journalists and

their union at the BBC. "The BBC cannot always play mouse and cat with the

unions by announcing new measures every second month,"

said König. "Journalism as a public good is threatened if a major public

broadcaster like the BBC is sacrifying quality content and workers' rights."

More information  http://www.nuj.org.uk/innerPagenuj.html?docid=1880

The EFJ represents over

260,000 journalists in 30 countries.
For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235.2200