Another One-Day Strike Hits BBC
August 1, 2011 at 3:59 AM (PT)
Today's one-day strike by the NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS against the BBC protesting job cuts at the WORLD SERVICE and BBC MONITORING have disrupted schedules on some of the company's networks.
BBC RADIO 4's MONDAY schedule saw the flagship "TODAY" program shortened, with "YOU AND YOURS" airing a repeat rather than a new episode. "THE WORLD AT ONE" is being replaced with a news summary and the program "SOUL MUSIC," and "PM" is being replaced by a previously-taped show about the 1936 BERLIN Olympics. At RADIO ULSTER, regular programming for most of the day (6:30a to 1p and 5-6:30p) is being suspended, but news bulletins are being aired on the hour 7a-7p.
The BBC's official statement on the strike read, "We are disappointed that the NUJ has gone ahead with today's strike and apologise to our audience for any disruption to services. Industrial action does not alter the fact that the BBC is faced with a number of potential compulsory redundancies following significant cuts to the central Government grants that support the WORLD SERVICE and BBC MONITORING.
"We will continue with our efforts to reduce the need for compulsory redundancies, however, the number of posts that we are having to close means that unfortunately it is likely to be impossible for us to avoid some compulsory redundancies."