Parliament event on our vision for the Future of the BBC
Launch of the FEU Alternative White Paper on the Future of the BBC
Where: Committee Room 10, Houses of Parliament*
When: 15 March 3-5pm
The Federation of Entertainment Unions which includes Equity, the Musicians Union, BECTU, the NUJ, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, the Professional Footballers Association and Unite, will launch its Alternative White Paper on the future of the BBC on 15th March at 3pm in Committee Room 10 in the Houses of Parliament
Confirmed speakers include:
Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Damian Green MP, Chair of the BBC APPG
Hywel Williams MP – Plaid Cymru
With more to follow.
The event will be Chaired by FEU President Christine Payne.
To book a place go to this Eventbrite page
After last year’s General Election a very damaging licence fee settlement was reached which will lead to a large funding shortfall at the BBC. The Government has also been examining the BBC’s output and mission through the Charter Renewal process which must conclude by the end of 2016.
The Alternative White Paper is aimed at parliamentarians and we hope to influence the Government’s own White Paper on BBC Charter Renewal which expected to be published in May. The event is open to all members of FEU unions and provides an important opportunity for those who work at or provide content for the BBC to express their views about the future of the Corporation.
In the Alternative White Paper we explore issues including the impact of funding cuts to the BBC arising from the transfer of responsibility for the provision of free licences for the over 75s onto the BBC. We also examine the possible impacts of privatisation of content supply, which we fear could arise from the creation of BBC Studios.
We also know that the BBC is not perfect in terms of its record as an employer and as a broadcaster and propose a series of reforms which we believe can strengthen the BBC. Our reforms seek to ensure that the BBC is an independent and accountable broadcaster of the highest quality, better reflects the diversity of the UK’s population and draws on the talent in our Nations and Regions.
If you are planning on attending the launch on the 15th March please also write to your constituency MP and ask them to come to the launch with you. You can find out who your MP is and email them at www.theyworkforyou.com
*Please be aware that entering parliament via the Cromwell Green Entrance can take up to 30 minutes. If you have any questions about the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org