BBC News Channel reprieved after pressure
IF THE BBC had gone ahead with
plans for its News Channel to disappear,
Sky would have been left with
a domestic monopoly in continuous
UK television news.
The NUJ believes both the News
Channel and the BBC World News
channel play important and different
roles. As part of its campaign
for retention of the News Channel
the union submitted ideas that could
save millions of pounds across the
newsroom by reducing waste and
duplication, while safeguarding jobs
and services. The NUJ encouraged
members to sign a petition and to
encourage their MPs to sign a parliamentary
Early Day Motion in defence
of maintaining the channels'
separate identities and output.
And when the proposal went before
the BBC News executive board
in July, it was rejected.
NUJ broadcasting organiser Sue
Harris said: "This is good news and
I am pleased the BBC has acknowledged
that the two channels provide
distinct services. I would also like
to thank Martine Croxall and David
Campanale, our reps at the News
Channel and BBC World, and both
chapels for their amazing campaign
to save the channel and to all the
MPs, peers and other supporters
who wrote to the BBC in its defence."
Pressure has paid off.
But Sue had to continue: "We are
being told it will mean 10 per cent
cuts: the union is prepared to discuss
with management how savings
can be made without reducing the