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#jpod: NUJ stages protest against BBC World Service cutbacks

January 27th, 2011Posted by in Broadcasting, Job losses, Journalism, Podcast

The BBC broke the news this week that around 650 jobs at the World Service are to be cut by 2014, as the broadcaster seeks to make savings of 16 per cent following a cut in government funding.

The news followed the announcement of cuts in other areas of the BBC, such as BBC Monitoring, which announced it was to cut more than 50 jobs, and BBC Online, which is set to lose 360.

Emotions were running high at the World Service yesterday following the latest announcement. The changes proposed, which include the closure of five full language services and radio programming in seven languages, will also mean the loss of 30 million of the broadcaster’s listeners.

After the proposed changes were outlined in a press conference at the BBC World Service, members of the National Union of Journalists staged a protest demonstrating against the cuts to staff and services.

The union’s general secretary Jeremy Dear said the campaign would not rest until the cuts are overturned.

Listen below for Journalism.co.uk’s #jpod of the day’s events:

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