Last weekend’s NEC had a heavy agenda and was the last for the outgoing council with elections now underway in some regions. However, the old NEC will continue to operate until the end of the year with meetings of the Policy, Development and Finance Committees being held in November. They will report to the new NEC at its first meeting on 6 January 2012.
Last Friday’s heavily leaked Times story of cuts at the BBC has been confirmed today with the publication of the BBC strategy review. In it Mark Thompson sets out the BBC’s intention to make £600m in savings through the closure of BBC6 Music, and the BBC Asian Network (audience 360,000), halving the size of the BBC’s website, shedding 25% of its website staff and a quarter of their online budget in the process, General secretary, Jeremy Dear, has pledged to rally other trades unionists and licence fee payers to oppose the cuts and defend jobs. Continue reading Fighting the BBC cuts