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SALFORD BBC STRIKE AT MEDIA CITY
 

Star date: 18th February 2013

BBC ON STRIKE AT MEDIACITYUK OVER JOB THREATS

`Why would the BBC be taking on local people whilst sacking staff?' NUJ official

Picket lines were mounted at three BBC entrances at MediaCityUK today as staff went on national strike over compulsory redundancies at the Corporation.

In Salford, jobs are threatened at Five Live, Children's BBC, Sport, Future Media, North West Tonight and Radio Manchester, as the BBC intends to cut 2000 jobs over the next five years. So much for anyone from Salford actually getting a decent job at the BBC.

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From 4am this morning, National Union of Journalists (NUJ) pickets were out in force at MediaCityUK, protesting about compulsory redundancies at the BBC, which will affect departments that have moved to Salford over the last few years.
 
"We're on strike today to defend quality services and jobs at the BBC" the NUJ's Keith Murray told Salford Star "The BBC is being attacked from all sides, and the BBC management is not standing up for it, so it's left to staff and union members like us to defend the BBC because frankly no-one else is doing it.

"In Salford there's hundreds of jobs under threat" he added "Our particular beef at the moment is with compulsory redundancies. There is no need for the BBC to make anyone compulsorily redundant, as there is enough turnover of staff, and enough people who want to leave the BBC. Instead of making compulsory redundancies they should just move existing staff around."

Immediately under threat are jobs at Five Live but, with the BBC looking to lose 2000 jobs over the next five years, staff in all departments are under threat. In Salford these are Knowledge and Learning, Children's, Sport, Future Media, North West Tonight and BBC Radio Manchester.

Yet when the BBC moved to MediaCityUK there were supposed to be jobs for local people and a future in the media for local young people.

"This is what we worry about" said Keith "In terms of local people getting jobs here, to be brutally honest it's cleaning jobs, it's catering jobs, it's not the sort of highly skilled journalistic jobs that the area was promised when Media City was first muted. If the BBC is making existing members of staff compulsorily redundant that means in terms of taking on anyone who lives locally into those jobs, it's an incredibly slim chance. Why would they be taking people on whilst sacking people?"

Salford trade unionists from other sectors were also out supporting BBC staff today…

"We've had some fantastic support from Salford trade unionists" Keith explained "Today it's about jobs for the BBC but we know that Greater Manchester Police are making cuts, we know that there are cuts and savings in the education service in Salford, and we know there are cuts and savings to be made in the health service in Salford. This is just a start. We are all standing together - because if we don't, we don't have a hope in hell of winning."

If today's action doesn't make the BBC change its mind on compulsory redundancies, expect more strike action in the future…

Meanwhile, an `early day motion' was tabled at the House of Commons, that...

"That this House is concerned that the BBC is refusing to enter into meaningful negotiations with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) on behalf of its members and is instead insisting on compulsory redundancies of BBC journalists rather than the redeployment of posts under an agreed scheme as requested by the NUJ… and therefore calls on the BBC to enter into genuine and meaningful negotiations with the NUJ as a matter of urgency in order to resolve this dispute" (see here for full motion)

Not one Salford MP – Hazel Blears, Barbara Keeley or Graham Stringer – supported the motion…

Mike Skeffington wrote
at 12:26:05 on 14 June 2013
A very negative view of Salford and it's people but, let's look at the real causes. The BBC moved to Salford because it was failing down south and still is. Independent television such as, Granada, was very successful for many years up here. Investment in every area has always been much higher in the south so it's no surprise that many young people lack certain skills necessary for quality jobs in the media. I say 'many young people' and 'certain skills' because there are very many people of all ages in Salford who possess the natural talent to acquire those skills very quickly. The quality of the BBC has been in decline for years. The shameful scandals and it's lack of backbone in creating/maintaining any true independence from the powers that be together with the obvious need for new journalistic and production talent meant that change had to come. The natural talent and skills 'yes skills' that the people (not the council) of Salford have to offer come, not from a comfortable background of a well funded school followed by college and university then straight into a well paid job: most have 'real life experience'. They know what it's like to be skint, to have talent but no outlet, to be ignored and considered not good enough. Well I'll remind all you people who have grudgingly moved to Salford from the comfortable south of something you know deep down: people in Salford are very capable, talented and have always helped and supported those in need. Sylvia Davis, London has the investment, Salford has the talent. Salford Quays is a wonderful site and is well suited for any media enterprise. If you're so unimpressed with Salford please feel free to moved back to London. 'Just read it from the autocue' is spot on with his comments. SalfordMonkey, people have to be taught to be journalists and they have to learn broadcasting skills wherever they come from so why not Salford.
 
Sylvia Davis wrote
at 21:27:30 on 13 June 2013
We all knew it would be a disaster moving the BBC up north. The right place forbitbis the capital city of England. I was born in Salford but have lived in London for 57 years. The centre of Manchester might have been a better site than Salford for MediaCity! London has more talent and greater choice.
 
Monkey lover wrote
at 05:37:01 on 19 February 2013
@SalfordMonkey, that's exactly what many people in Salford were saying before the Beeb moved up here this site was full of comments like yours, that is why we didn't want it. Very few people in Salford have the skills to work there like you say, so why did the idiots that run Salford give MILLIONS to Peel and the Beeb to get them to move? This is what really pisses people off it is a waste of tax payers money and the licence fee, the BBC staff didn't want to move here and we didn't want to pay for it but due to someone at the council having their head too far up their own arse we are now having to foot the bill without seeing any benefits. That's exactly what was said before it all happened.
 
Just read it from the autocue, don't think for yourself wrote
at 05:36:21 on 19 February 2013
The BBC do not have any Journalists, not proper Journalists anyway. All they can report is what they are told to by disconected managers who don't live in the real world, they can't do real Journalists work and seek the truth in a story, they just have to tell us what suits the powers that be who sit at the top of the ivory tower being carefull not to rock any boats. You certainly will not see stories like you do on The star, reports like that might upset their benefactors like Salford council or their landlord Peel holdings. Remember those that run the BBC are P.C (proper cowards).
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 05:34:28 on 19 February 2013
Salford Monkey we all understand that Salford Does Not have a Stockpile of journalist, the sad part is when Salford Labour sell a product to the city under the guise of Job Creation. They tried the same ploy with the courts in Swinton in reality they where offering cleaners and ushers, This ego trip is costing you and me while egos grow and certain pockets get fatter, and Salford's kids live a dream that will never arrive.
 
SalfordMonkey wrote
at 18:18:44 on 18 February 2013
Is Salford known for its large numbers of unemployed, high-skilled journalists and broadcast technologists then? Because it strikes me that the BBC would employ people who can do the jobs that need to be filled, rather than just employing people from the local area who have no training or experience in that field. In fact, to do so and then spend ages training them up could be seen as a waste of the Licence Fee...
 
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