SAVE OUR BBC WORLD SERVICE

07.03.11


In February the AUGB sent a submission to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry concerning the proposed closure of the BBC World Service's Ukrainian language radio broadcasts.

As soon as the funding cuts were announced, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) launched a "Save the BBC World Service" campaign to defend jobs and quality broadcasting at the BBC.  It believes that the cuts represent a brutal attack on a valued and vital national, European and international services wants the government to provide extra money to secure the BBC World Service for the future.

In a press statement issued earlier today, the NUJ said:  "At its best the BBC can challenge corruption, expose human rights abuses and promote democratic values. By cutting the service the government will cut British influence in the rest of the world, and cuts will also be deeply damaging for objective quality news services."

It is now calling on the wider community to support its campaign by signing a petition, writing to your local MP, writing to the Foreign Secretary and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and to attend an NUJ lobby of parliament and a public meeting in the House of Commons on 15 March.

For full details see:  http://www.nuj.org.uk/innerPagenuj.html?docid=1945

Everyone's support (no matter how small!) is extremely important.  Please also highlight this action to your freinds and colleagues and ask them to lend their support too.   

 

NB.  We have just learned that representatives of the NUJ will be submitting oral evidence to the FASC Inquiry on 9 March at 2.30 pm, followed by representatives of the BBC.  Very often such hearings are televised on the Parliamentary channel either live or later the same day.



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