The NUJ is encouraging all BBC supporters to take part in the public consultation – let the BBC know you are opposed to the cuts – the consultation deadline is 21 December.
BBC Director General Mark Thompson announced his Delivering Quality First (DQF) cuts plan in October 2011. The proposals involve a 20 per cent budget reduction over 5 years, the loss of 2,000 jobs in the core BBC areas of news and programming.
Additionally, the BBC will provide £150 million a year for the rollout of super-fast broadband, and £25 million a year for local TV and online content. In total, the BBC has committed to spend an extra £340m of licence-fee money to fund all these undertakings by 2014-15.
The NUJ strongly believes that the proposals, if implemented, will severely damage the quality of public service broadcasting and the cuts are a direct result of the licence fee settlement. This deal, struck without public or political debate in the autumn of 2010, freezes the licence fee at current levels until 2017 and at the same time adds additional funding responsibilities. These include the World Service, S4C and BBC Monitoring.
Taking this money from the licence fee is tantamount to top slicing by the back door.
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