BBCPA AGM 2015
This year's AGM (Our 28th) took place on Thursday 16th April at the Friends' Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.
From left to right: Nick Whines, Hugh Sheppard and Alan Bilyard.
Edited highlights of the AGM: You can listen to the speeches by Colin Browne (Any Other Business), Natasha Maclean (Memory Bank) and Sir John Tusa.
All recordings are © BBCPA2015.
If you were unable to attend this year's AGM, we have made an audio recording of the whole of the meeting proceedings that you can listen to on the meetings page.
At the April 2015 AGM, copies of a short report called SKY HIGH! were made available, which compared the cost of viewing free-to-air television with the cost of a subscription account for pay-TV. Now updated, it may be found in the Members Section of this website, setting out many of the reasons why the licence fee which pays for the BBC is such good value, particularly when the typical cost of SKY subscription is taken into account.
This report comes at a crucial time for the BBC. The next Royal Charter is due to take effect in 2016 and is inextricably linked to the licence fee, which has already been frozen at £145.50 for six years since 2010. Not only frozen, but with more demands placed on the BBC's budget, such as the funding of the World Service and S4C.
BBCPA members are invited to read SKY HIGH! in the Members' only pages; first ensuring their User name and Password details are to hand, as set out in any recent BBCPA mailing.
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...
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.
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