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2 April 2010

The BBC's Strategy Review was on the agenda yesterday (Thursday) when senior representatives from the Federation of Entertainment Unions met with the BBC's director general, Mark Thompson.

BBC Broadcasting HouseBroadcasting House, London, scene of 6 Music protest on 27 March.  Pic: Tony Scott

The DG emphasised that views from the public and campaigners on the now controversial review would only be considered if formally submitted as part of the BBC Trust's consultative process. The consultation closes on 25 May. 

The Review, which proposes to cut radio services and scale back the Corporation's online operation, has sparked a mountain of sustained criticism not least from devotees of BBC 6 Music and the Asian Network.

At today's count (2 April) the Facebook Group set up to Save 6 Music has more than 75,000 fans. 

Discussions have been held in Parliament and a rally took place last weekend at Broadcasting House in London. More comment on the rally from Radio Today.

Representatives from BECTU and the NUJ have previously met with senior management to discuss what the unions see as the BBC's ill-conceived strategy of self-harm ahead of the general election. 

The entertainment unions are preparing their submissions to the consultation; once submitted, BECTU's full statement will be published online. 

The Federation of Entertainment Unions brings together, BECTU, Equity, the Musicians Union, the NUJ, Unite, the Professional Footballers Association and the Writers Guild on issues of common interest.