BBC journalist wins �50k in unfair dismissal case


An ex-BBC journalist, Chandana Keerthi Bandara has been given a �50,000 payout for not prioritising a story about the Royal family.

According to The Independent, the 57-year old lost his job after he published a story of Sri Lanka over the birth of Prince George. The publication reported that Bandara had been assigned to lead the publishing of stories on 23rd July 2013, where he was chose to prioritise the 30th anniversary of Black July, linked to the anti-Tamil violence, which led to thousands being killed in Sri Lanka. The story was chosen over the birth of Prince George.

A year later, Bandara was sacked after other allegations of misconduct were made

A BBC World Service spokesperson told the publication that it was disappointed with the outcome. “The BBC takes disciplinary matters very seriously and we are disappointed with the outcome of this unfair dismissal claim,” the spokesperson said. “We note that the tribunal reduced the compensation awarded to Mr Bandara by 75 per cent and we will review the full decision of the tribunal carefully when it is available.”

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