British Prime Minister criticizes BBC strike


Yesterday TV Rage told you about how the British Broadcasting Corporation was having to deal with a journalist strike in protest of 30 terminations that the broadcaster said were caused by redundancies within the organization. The strike disrupted normally scheduled programing across the BBC's television and radio channels.

British Prime Minster David Cameron criticized the strike, saying that the six-year freeze in license fees was in contrast to necessary cuts.

"I think the license fee settlement we came to in 2010 was a fair one," he said. "When you look at what other institutions have had to bear in terms of efficiencies I think that freeze in the license fee and taking on some additional costs was a good outcome. So I think the BBC is a well funded broadcaster and I am sure it has got the resources necessary to cover important things going on in the world."

The 24-hour strike was called for by the National Union of Journalists and occurred outside BBC offices in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow. Thousands of BBC journalists participated in the strike. More than 2,000 jobs are expected to be cut over the next seven years in cuts the BBC calls "Delivering Quality First."

- David Cameron (2)
- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Feb 19th, 2013, 7:29 am

Images courtesy of BBC One

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