Thursday, November 17

Protest over BBC Birmingham factual programming Bristol move
More than 100 people have protested in Birmingham over plans to move BBC national factual programme-making from the city to Bristol. The Chamberlain Square event was held over plans which the BBC has said would affect more than 100 Birmingham posts. One protest organiser, Oliver Clark, said they wanted "to take the story" into the centre as it was important for the area that "the BBC stays here". (More)

Public Meeting - "Crisis in Midlands Journalism"
6.30-9.30pm Thursday, December 8
Committee Rooms, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square
Speaker NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet

Don't close popular Midlands papers - Sell them
The National Union of Journalists is calling on publishing giant Trinity Mirror to put three popular Midlands papers up for sale instead of closing them.

NUJ negotiator Lawrence Shaw said: "The only beneficiary of these closures is the Northcliffe group, the papers' rival in this area. It makes no sense to journalists to shut down popular papers that are full of adverts. That is why we believe the Trinity Mirror management must have an ulterior motive for the closures, which it is not revealing. We will be asking for answers and the chance for these paper to continue to serve their local communities."

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