Hunt and unions have BBC surrounded

The BBC is facing up to widespread strike action and the possibility of a cut in the licence fee.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt attacked the Corporation for its “outrageous waste”, telling the Daily Telegraph: “The BBC should not interpret the fact that we haven’t said anything about the way licence fee funds are used as an indication that we are happy about it.”

Meanwhile, five unions could co-ordinate a strike against the BBC over plans to cut pensions. NUJ secretary Jeremy Dear, who has met with leaders from Bectu, Unite, Equity and Musicians Unions to discuss a response, said: “While managers can look forward to gold-plated pensions, thousands of BBC staff will be left significantly worse off in retirement.

“The BBC must withdraw these proposals or face the prospect of widespread strike action and industrial unrest over the coming months.”

(Source: Press Gazette)




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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