BBC Broadcast may be sold by August

The BBC's TV playout company could be privatised some time this summer, according to managers at a negotiating meeting with BECTU.

Union representatives at the meeting on January 12 were told that BBC Broadcast Ltd would be sold, either to a trade purchaser or a management buyout team, within the next seven months.

BECTU, which is opposed to the sale, warned that it would consult members about an alternative to privatisation, which would keep the company inside the BBC, but could lead to a number of redundancies due to the abandonment of work for external customers.

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18 January 2005