Unions Angered By BBC Online Cuts

The BBC's decision to cut 360 jobs in its online division has angered trade unions, who claim that the move could damage the corporation's service quality.

According to IT Pro, the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have criticised the BBC's move, questioning how it will be able to maintain quality services by losing so many of its staff.

Jeremy Dear, general secretary for the NUJ, said in a statement: “The BBC proposals fly in the face of public support for the online service. 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,” he added.

BECTU however, plans on holding talks with the BBC after consulting with its members.

“Whilst we expect the BBC to respond positively to our concerns that absolutely every effort should be made to avoid compulsory redundancies, the fact that several departments are affected, and to different degrees, means that staff will need to work with their union to get the best outcomes from this reorganisation,” BECTU supervisorary official Helen Ryan said.