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Save The BBC Birmingham continues

13 January 2012

There is a Rally on Thursday, 19 January from 2pm  in Victoria Square Birmingham as part of the Save the BBC Birmingham campaign, and I have been asked if I can drum up as much support as possible for this Rally from our Midlands Equity membership and Midlands licensed fee payers.

 Best wishes

Chair Equity Midlands Area Committee

 I am writing to BECTU reps in the West Midlands to let you know that, following an overwhelming vote in favour of strike action (87%) our members who work for Vision, Audio & Music and Information & Archives at BBC Birmingham will be taking 24-hour strike action next week, on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January.

(nb: this strike does not include those working for the local/regional news programmes or Asian Network.)


  • Attached is a flyer for a lunchtime Rally in Victoria Square, at 2pm on Thursday 19 January. Please will you encourage your members to come and add their voices to the campaign against the end of network broadcasting from the Midlands? Bring your banner, placards etc.
  • If your branch could send a message of support to read out at the Rally, please email me.
  • Forward the flyer to members and organisations who share our aim of defending our second city's creative and digital industries.


The dispute is over the BBC's failure to engage in meaningful consultation over their plans to move almost all network Radio and TV production from Birmingham. TV output is going to  Bristol and the Radio 4 and Radio 2 programmes will be done from Salford or Bristol.

The BBC is saying programmes will move from August, giving staff almost no time to consider whether to relocate or face redundancy - 150 jobs are at risk.

Our key message to BBC Director General, Mark Thompson , is  that he must immediately agree to meet with BBC Birmingham staff affected by the plans and listen to the important reasons why the programme move dates must be lifted.

The background is at http://www.bectu.org.uk/news/1423 

Kind regards

Anna Murray
BECTU National Official

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