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SNP: Crisis-hit BBC must halt Scotland job cuts

SNP press release

BBC Scotland must introduce a moratorium on job cuts given the on-going crisis affecting the Corporation, the SNP has said.

On the day that the Director and Deputy Director News stepped aside pending an outcome of an internal review – which follows the resignation of Director General George Entwhistle, who is set to receive a £450,000 pay-off – the SNP has called for a halt to the cutbacks to front-line posts at BBC Scotland.

Commenting, Pete Wishart MP, the SNP’s Culture Spokesperson, said:

“The BBC has some fundamental issues to address which don’t go away with a few heads rolling at the top.

"They must carry out a full investigation of events to restore public confidence in its news output, and to address the many, many serious questions now facing them.

“But the answer is certainly not to be cutting frontline jobs in Scotland. Quite why BBC Scotland is making disproportionate cuts in news and current affairs – at the very time that they should be investing to cover the major events happening in Scotland over the next few years – is baffling.

“TV licence payers will be aghast that an organisation which is making these cuts is simultaneously awarding obscene pay-outs to senior officials.

“The only sensible solution is for the BBC to halt these job cuts until they have a full understanding of the failings within the organisation itself, and to ensure that they will be able to meet their huge responsibilities to Scotland as a public service broadcaster.”

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