Please see below a brief report of our AGM 2024. A more detailed report will be available in due course on the website and also in our Christmas Newsletter.

The Sarah Fell room at Friends House was nearly at capacity when Albert Barber, Chairman, welcomed members of the BBC Pensioners ‘Association to the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25th April 2024. A welcome also to all our members who were joining the live streaming.

David Allen once again introduced the BBCPA 100 Voices Project designed to give a voice to staff at the BBC from the ‘shop floor’. We then listened to two clips fromthe Project . The first was by Bhasker Solanki, who had worked in the BBC for forty years and in a number of dangerous places. He had covered Margaret Thatcher, Richard Branson’s balloon going down, and Tiananmen Square. The second was by Liz Elton, who had worked in Current Affairs and talked about the Robin Day interview with John Nott, who walked out of the studio (after he was called a “here today gone tomorrow” politician.) Members were invited to get in touch if they would like their memories recorded.

The Minutes of the 2023 Annual General Meeting were adopted and Albert gave his Annual Report and up-date which can be read in the AGM booklet sent to all members or accessed online by logging on to our website. Alan Bilyard, our Treasurer for over twenty years was unable to attend and so a voice recording was played alongside a portrait photograph of Alan. Although our accounts were in deficit last year due to the refurbishment of the website, our accrued surplus was able to absorb this. Alan is retiring and said his goodbyes and introduced Richard Collings who will be taking over from him. Richard sat at the top table alongside David Allen, Albert and Khalid Iqbal. The Annual and Treasurers Reports were proposed and seconded from the floor and were adopted. There were some questions from the floor about internet access, the World Service and membership numbers.

Leslie Huss-Smickler then briefly outlined the Offers available to members and updated them on our recent Radio Times offer. The offers can be accessed via our website and details are included in the AGM booklet.

The 2023.24 Committee stood down and were re-elected for 2024.25.

After a half-hour interval, during which tea and biscuits were served, Ben Harvey (who has taken over from John Cullen) Director of Governance and Operations, BBC Pension Service introduced himself to our members. After outlining his background as a pensions lawyer, Ben updated members on the status of the Pension Scheme which is in good health. He also updated members on the BBC Appeal of the judgement last year as to the interpretation of Rule 19. The Appeal will be heard by 3 judges on 25th June. He also confirmed that RPI would be abolished in 2030 and replaced by CPI-H. This raised lots of questions from our members. A more detailed AGM Report will be available in our Christmas Newsletter edition where members can read about the Q&A session.

The final speaker was Colin Sykes, a former BBC Journalist, BBCPA Committee member and lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Sheffield. His presentation was about the BBC in the North of England, primarily Manchester and Salford. This included clips from various programmes produced in Manchester and he brought us up to date with recent developments with the expansion of programmes which will be produced in Media City, Salford.

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Published On: May 13th, 2024 / 3 min read / Views: 44 /


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