‘This is hot’: Paris Hilton was spotted on the BBC NUJ picket line ahead of Radio 4’s performance
Paris Hilton was spotted greeting BBC journalists who arrived this morning (Thursday, April 16)
The heiress and reality star was on her way to appear on Radio 4 hour of the woman while promoting her new book, Paris: The Memories.
A photo shared by Twitter user @rosiehuz shows Hilton wearing a dark blue velvet dress with black tights and black heels, smiling at the strikers.
She wrote in the captain: “This is hot. Comrade Paris Hilton in London this morning on the BBC NUJ picket line (yes, it really is her).”
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) also posted a video on its Twitter account showing a BBC employee offering a flag to Hilton.
While the new mother-of-one did not accept the flag, she turned to acknowledge the staffer. What she said is unclear.
NUJ wrote in their caption: “Hello Paris Hilton [wave emoji] We can send you a flag to help you show solidarity with striking journalists in their fight to save BBC local radio services.”
A number of journalists working for BBC Local are on strike over the station’s plans to shut down local radio services to ‘modernize’ them and save money.
Under the plans, 48 jobs are at risk and £19million will be “re-prioritized from broadcast services to online and multimedia production”.
The majority (83 per cent) of NUJ members who work for BBC Local voted in favor of strike action last month. Some employees started the strike on Wednesday (March 15) from 11 am.
NUJ is in talks with the BBC and is asking the broadcaster to reconsider the move.
NUJ Secretary General Michelle Stanistreet said: “Staff are on strike this week as a last resort – they have no illusions that the BBC’s plans will undermine already eroded local radio content across England.
“It’s not just a matter of jobs and conditions for our members — they believe passionately in the value quality local content brings to their audiences, journalists who are trusted and trusted in the communities they serve.”
She condemned the BBC’s “raid of local radio budgets” to prioritize digital content as “unreasonable” and warned it “risks that a significant part of our public service broadcasting will be undermined”.
“People want local, relevant news that is accessible and which should remain a central part of the BBC’s breadth,” added Stanistreet.
Hilton’s memoir was released March 14. In it, she describes her life in the spotlight and reveals how she felt “pressured” to make a 2003 sextape with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, which he later leaked and sold.
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