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The new draft BBC charter is being discussed in Parliament TOMORROW Oct 18th so pleasetweet your MPs NOWand get them turn up to the debate and speak out to protect the independence and public service nature of the BBC.
Today (13 October) is the first day of a week-long strike organised by NUJ members working for Newsquest South London. The strike is in response to devastating cuts proposals - Newsquest has put its entire south London newsroom on notice of redundancy, bar the managing editor and the web editor. The company want to make these job cuts by mid-October. They want 12 reporters and one content editor to produce 11 newspapers and eight associated websites.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is on the move again by completing a £220m deal buying Wireless Group bringing Talksport (with 3m listener a week) and Virgin Radio under his control. The Group which owns The Sun, Times and Sunday Times via News IUK also has a 40% stake in the broadcaster Sky. More at: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/rupert-murdochs-news-corp-completes-talksport-takeover
The Draft Royal Charter announced today (15 September) in Parliament, will diminish the role of the BBC as a public service broadcaster, undermine its production base and weaken its position as the provider of diverse, challenging, and high quality programming.