Rona Fairhead's speech to the RTS
BBC Trust chair's first speech in her new role reveals her initial observations from four months in the job and sets out how the corporation should address the challenges it faces.
The speech delivered 4th Feb 2015 was entitled 'Confident and connected - A BBC fit for the future'.
Pensioner Nominated Trustee
In the recent election for a Pensioner Nominated Trustee of the BBC Pension Scheme, Leslie Huss-Smickler received the majority votes and so will be appointed a trustee of the scheme. Leslie is a committee member of the BBC Pensioners' Association. Nils Blythe was the runner up. Read more...
Pension Increase 2015
The increase to BBC pensions that have been in payment for at least 12 months will be applied from 1 April 2015. A proportionate increase will be applied if the pension has been in payment for less than 12 months. Read more...
John Donne Memorial Lecture
On the 4th April 2014 the BBC Director-General, Tony Hall (Lord Hall of Birkenhead) gave a lecture on LIVING WITH CREATIVITY at Hertford College, Oxford. A transcript of what he said can be read here.
Beware of Pension scams
Pension scams are on the increase in the UK. ‘One-off pension investments’, ‘pension loans’ or up front cash are being used to entice savers. Read more on The Pension Regulator web site - Dangers of pension scams.
During our AGM, Professor John Ellis and Dr Nick Hall in the audience made an appeal to those present to help them with a five-year (2013-2018) research project, funded by the European Research Council and based at Royal Holloway University of London. The aim of the project is to research and document the history of British broadcast television technology between 1960 and the near-present. Read more...
Photo: Professor John Ellis (left) and Dr Nick Hall
Some confusion has arisen recently over the discount that members of the BBC Pensioners' Association can obtain on Radio Times and other BBC magazine titles.
Immediate Media the new owners of BBC Magazines have now clarified the situation. Members of the Association who take out a direct debit will be charged £26 for 26 editions of RT posted to their home address. This represents a substantial saving on the shop price and more than covers the annual subscription to the Association. Those members who already receive Radio Times will continue on the old tariff until further notice.
To take advantage of the discount you will need to quote a code which is contained in the most recent copy of the Newsletter or can be obtained by emailing the Membership Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
In our Members area, we have started to include names of exBBC Staff that have passed away. This information comes from the list which the BBC sends us three times a year and from the letters sent direct to the Association. If you spot a name missing from the list please let us know. It is not always possible to identify a BBCPA member from the information provided by the BBC.