BBC meets with the unions

By staff

The BBC director general, Mark Thompson will meet with unions concerned at job cuts resulting from his new strategy for the corporation yesterday.

The strategy pleased some highbrow TV watchers by promising better quality programming to make up for cut backs but it irritated loyal listeners of 6Music and Asian Network, which both face closure.

But some sources say up to 600 people could lose their jobs, not least employees on the BBC’s website, who will see a 25% reduction in funding.

Rumours of a potential strike are already doing the rounds at Television Centre.

Meanwhile, Sir Michael Lyons, BBC Trust chairman, suggested today that plans to axe the two stations might not take place given the scale of public anger at the move.

The proposals will have to go through a public consultation before they are approved.