BBC strike disrupts programmes

2011-08-01 09:05

London – BBC news programmes are being disrupted as journalists stage a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts.

BBC radio’s flagship morning news programme, Today, started an hour later than usual at 7am because of today’s strike by members of the National Union of Journalists.

Some other live programmes were replaced with prerecorded shows.

Union members are protesting 100 compulsory layoffs and mounted picket lines in front of BBC offices across the country.

The BBC says it must cut staff because the government has reduced funding for its international World Service and for BBC Monitoring, which monitors foreign broadcasts.

The union staged a strike last month and plans more action if talks scheduled for August are unsuccessful.

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