Feeds

Union lobbies Jowell over BBC Technology sell-off

Decision imminent

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Culture Minister Tessa Jowell is still mulling over whether to approve the privatisation of BBC Technology in a move fiercely opposed by employees of the division.

Tech staff at the Beeb have voted overwhelmingly to reject plans to sell off BBC Technology to Siemens as part of a cost-saving inititive by the broadcaster, although strike action was shelved following threats of legal action.

Last week BECTU, the union representing BBC tech staff, met Jowell to air their concerns. Offcials told the minister that other outsourcing initiatives at the BBC had led to job losses, raising fears that redundancies at BBC Technology were "inevitable" once Siemens takes over. She was also warned that the proposed sale involved most of the BBC's broadcast critical infrastructure - kit essential to keep public information services going in the event of a national emergency - and not just desktop IT activities.

Describing the BBC Technology sale as the most complex outsourcing exercise in the BBC's history, BECTU forecasts that the contract with Siemens would "prove to have gaps where services currently provided to the BBC by the company had been missed out".

A Department of Culture spokeswoman said the minister had listened to what the union had to say and that the union's views were being considered. Jowell's decision is due "imminently". ®

Related stories

BBC Tech staff reject Siemens sell-off - again
Legal threat halts second proposed BBC Tech strike
BBC Technology strike off
BBC Tech staff to vote again for strike action
BBC outsource deal includes staff black list
BBC to flog technology division

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.