Unions look to strike ballot as BBC jobs to be axed ‘as soon as possible’

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The director general of the BBC yesterday (18/10) outlined his vision of a smaller corporation, but one which ‘packs a bigger punch’, in an attempt to plug a £2 billion funding shortfall.

In a speech broadcast to 18,000 workers, Mark Thompson confirmed there would be 2,500 jobs losses and commissioning budgets would be cut by £100 million.

Mr Thomson also risked the wrath of unions by claiming jobs would be axed ‘as fast as possible’.

Factual programmes, such as Top Gear, Timewatch and BBC News, face the largest cuts.

Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said: ‘We have been given barely 20 minutes to scrutinise the plans.

‘There is a lack of information and a lack of goodwill from the BBC.

‘They must withdraw these plans, agree a framework for negotiations or face the potential of strike action.’

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