Friday, September 11, 2009

Guild backs BBC independence campaign

From the Guild office:

The Writers’ Guild is joining other entertainment and media unions in a postcard campaign to oppose 'top slicing' of the BBC licence fee. The Government proposes to take a percentage of the licence fee – which goes only to the BBC – to fund commercial broadcasters, but the unions believe this idea threatens to cut funding for BBC programmes and compromise its independence.

Included with the Autumn 2009 issue of the Guild's magazine UK Writer you will find a postcard that you can sign and send to the Culture Secretary, Ben Bradshaw. It only takes a minute of your time and a second-class stamp, so please join in the campaign. If you haven’t received your mailing yet, it should arrive in the next few days.

The other unions taking part are Equity, the Musicians Union, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the technicians’ union BECTU. The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom is also involved. For more details about the campaign or to sign up for updates please visit the NUJ website.

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