24 January 2011 - 7:49pm | posted by

BBC online cuts shows 'contempt' for hard working staff says NUJ

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the BBC’s plans to cut a quarter of its digital budget, meaning the loss of up to 360 jobs.

The BBC’s review will mean that hundreds of website will be closed, alongside hundreds of jobs being lost, which the NUJ has described as showing ‘contempt’ for its staff.

Said general secretary for the NUJ, Jeremy Dear; "The attack on BBC jobs and online services shows the BBC's contempt for hard-working staff. It makes no sense to cut back the BBC website as increasing numbers of people rely on the internet. The NUJ will not stand by idly if members are forced out of their jobs.

"Mark Thompson has turned logic on its head by announcing the cuts with a declaration that 'BBC Online has been a brilliant success'. The cuts in jobs and online content will seriously damage a service which has won widespread public support and is the envy of commercial competitors."

Dear continued, "The BBC's own public consultation showed that 46% of people supported the Online services and there was strong public opposition to a reduction in service.

"The BBC Online Review which has resulted in the cuts proposals was not subject to any public consultation and seriously damages the BBC's reputation for quality."

BBC Scotland expects to lose 12 roles as a result of the cut backs, while other regional offices have said that they are still to learn exactly how they will be affect.

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