British Prime Minister Dismissive of BBC Strike

THR Staff
The Hollywood ReporterFebruary 19, 2013
British Prime Minister Dismissive of BBC Strike

LONDON – David Cameron, the British prime minister, was dismissive of Monday's strike by BBC journalists, according to the Guardian.

"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."

Thousands of BBC journalists joined in the 24-hour strike, forcing flagship news programs, including Radio 4's Today and World at One, off the air. The National Union of Journalists organized the strike in protest over cost-saving measures, dubbed Delivering Quality First by BBC bosses, that were introduced after the hastily agreed license-fee settlement in 2010. About 2,000 jobs are expected to go over seven years as part of the BBC cuts.

The BBC said it was "disappointed" with the industrial action, adding that the protest would not alter the fact that it has to make "significant" savings.