BBC's meeting with UK unions fails to provide a resolution

MUMBAI: A few days ago BBC DG Mark Thompson met representatives of the BBC's recognised Trade Unions (BECTU, NUJ, Amicus) to discuss the BBC's plans for change. The purpose of the meeting was to explain in more detail the BBC's plans and for Thompson to listen to the union's concerns and ideas, exploring ways to achieve the best outcome for staff and the BBC.

The BBC regretted that the union representatives chose not to continue with what it believes could have been a constructive and meaningful dialogue. The BBC states that it believes that its employees want early clarity on what the change plans mean for them.

As had been reported earlier by the BBC has announced two rounds of job cuts in the UK which will amount to annual costs savings of £355 million. British unions are not surprisingly unhappy over the move. Union leaders representing thousands of BBC staff had given the corporation an ultimatum of withdrawing plans to axe almost 4,000 jobs or face strikes.

At the recent meeting the BBC outlined the difficult challenges the BBC faces and the Corporation's strategy for meeting these challenges. The BBC explained that the three year plan of efficiencies, savings and different ways of working would mean that the corporation could put an extra £355 million a year into programmes from 2008.

Thompson added that at the same time, it would achieve its goal of transforming into a state of the art digital broadcaster, with a bold new programme and content strategy based around excellence. The BBC also explained to the Unions why it couldn't meet what it considered to be unrealistic demands from the unions but told them that it nevertheless wished to continue to discuss the detailed plans within each BBC division.

The BBC stressed to union representatives that it has every intention of working with the unions to address staff concerns, whilst needing to make changes to meet its audience's changing needs and demands and to achieve greater value for money for licence fee payers. At the meeting both the BBC and the unions recognised that this was a difficult and anxious time for staff, and that it was very mindful of the human consequences of the changes it proposed. The BBC made it clear that it would do everything it could to mitigate the effects on staff of the job losses, but this could only be achieved by continuing dialogue and consultation with the unions.

The corporation reiterated that because it was proposing a three year change plan, it anticipated that a large proportion of the job losses would be achieved though staff turnover and voluntary redundancy. However, the BBC was not able to rule out compulsory redundancies.

Latest Reads
Q2-17: Zee Media operating profit up

BENGALURU: The Essel Group’s news network Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) reported more than double (2.47 times) year-over-year (y-o-y) operating profit (Simple EBIDTA) for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter) . The company reported EBIDTA of Rs 18 crore (14.3 per cent...

Television TV Channels GECs
National Geographic Channel to undergo major rebranding

MUMBAI: Come 14 November and the National Geographic Channel will have a new shortened sobriquet. The word channel will disappear from its name and it will be simply known as National Geographic and a new tagline “Further.” The change is expected to take place simultaneously across all the 445...

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Maha Cartoon targets 65 per cent rural HSM via DD FreeDish, 2000 LCOs

Who can forget the Charlie Chaplin show which entertained the world audience of all ages. Maha Cartoon, the first free-to-air (FTA) Hindi cartoon channel targeted at the Hindi-speaking markets (HSM), will be launched on India's largest DTH platform DD FreeDish on 1 November. The new Maha Cartoon...

Television TV Channels Kids
Vikram Chandra steps down; KVL Narayan Rao is new NDTV group CEO

The rumours that were making rounds of Vikram Chandra quitting NDTV have now been put to rest.

Television TV Channels People
Naagin helps Colors capture top position this week: BARC

Backed by Naagin Season 2, Colors was almost close to Star Plus to get the number one position, but, this week, Colors went few steps ahead and grabbed the leadership position and replaced Star Plus in week 42. Even in Urban GECs market, Colors toppled Star and took over the number one position.

Television TV Channels Viewership
SPN India to broadcast Barclays ATP World Tour finals

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) will exclusively broadcast the upcoming ATP events in the month of November. The ATP 1000 Paris Masters will be aired live on Sony ESPN channels and will be streamed live on SonyLIV app and website. The ATP 1000 Paris Masters in Paris will begin on 31 October.

Television TV Channels Sports
Hunt for Zee Business head continues

MUMBAI: Zee Business, an arm of Zee Media Corporation, has seen several transitions in its management this year. The channel was initially headed by Amish Devgan, who decided to move away after serving for 14 years. It was then led by Zee Media Corporation’s then CEO for content Samir Ahluwalia,who...

Television TV Channels People
'King' content will take over monopolistic media entities, says Arnab Goswami

NEW DELHI: The future of news lies in breaking away from the interdependence of politicians and the media on each other.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Animated 'Ramayana' a global Diwali gift on web, mobile

NEW DELHI: Thirty episodes of the animated series Ramayana will be available around the world on the nexGTv web and mobile platforms during Diwali.

Television TV Shows Animation

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories