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.
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:
- ‘Hope will be denied to millions of our listeners’: World Service staff protest against cuts
- Details of BBC funding cuts leaked ahead of spending review
- Switched off: Two more BBC World Service languages have ceased broadcasting
- NUJ: Journalists demand ‘immediate talks’ as 22 jobs face cut at Media Wales
- NUJ members ballot for strike at north-east Newsquest titles