BBC Scotland has a nack for bringing the news to it’s own front door, firstly they fire Garry Robertson for no good reason other than his face no longer fits radio. This stupid decision has enraged BBC staff who are now contemplating a walk out.
Janet Boyle “An internal BBC survey has made worrying reading for top brass. Fed-up staff have told bosses they feel they are “grossly under-resourced” with claims of a culture of bullying. Staff are also believed to have decided to boycott internal appraisals, brought in by chief Ken McQuarrie, due later this year.
“There is a huge amount of shock over Gary being dumped because he has worked tirelessly, often on long shifts, for 15 years and is a very talented broadcaster.”
Morale at the BBC’s flagship offices in Glasgow is said to be at rock-bottom. Staff have questioned why big-hitters from London, such as Jim Naughtie, have been parachuted in to present programmes on Radio Scotland if budgets are tight.
One insider said: “You couldn’t make it up. They must have spent a small fortune getting these big names up and then they tell Gary they need to let him go because of cost.
“Gary is no junior member of staff. He’s presented our top current affair programme ably for years. He’s widely respected by his journalistic colleagues at the BBC in Scotland. To let him go in such an important year for Scotland is an incredibly bad move.”
JANET BOYLE http://www.sundaypost.com
Estimates put attendance of the silent protest at around 350. However despite the protest taking place yards from the BBC’s HQ in Glasgow, the event received no coverage.
The video below contains interviews with some who attended.