BBC morale low as staff await cost cutting news

  • 10 October 2007

BBC staff are preparing for news of cost-cutting at the corporation, with fears that as many as 2,800 posts could be axed.

Director general Mark Thompson will next week present proposals to save the BBC some £2 billion over five years.

Morale is said to be at an all time low - sentiment added to by phone-in scandals and the resignation of BBC1 controller Peter Fincham after the furore caused by the controversial A Year With The Queen documentary.

Fears have been voiced that BBC newsrooms will be affected, as well as popular programmes such as Planet Earth and Top Gear.

Industry representatives are warning that job losses and programme-making cuts could spell strike action by Christmas.

Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said: ‘The number of rumours flying round the BBC increases everyday and yet management are not meeting with union reps to give them the facts and try to calm the atmosphere.

‘Staff were told to ‘take the pain’ during the last round of cuts, with the promise of a brighter future.

‘They will not stand for another attack on their working conditions and on the quality of their output.’

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