BBC News staff set to strike

Updated on Monday 19 February 2007 by @TVNewsroom

Thousands of journalists and production staff at BBC News are due to strike over compulsory job cuts.

The 24-hour walkout which will take place on Monday February 26 is in protest at five compulsory redundancies in BBC News and three in other departments as part of director general Mark Thompson’s “value for money” cost savings.

4,000 National Union of Journalists members will be expected to strike across radio, online and television, including BBC News.

Technicians’ union Bectu’s 600 members are also walking out on February 26.

Among the job cuts, Newsnight is set to lose two of its fifteen correspondents – all of whom have to reapply for their job.

Three compulsory job cuts are also being imposed outside BBC News, two in BBC People and one in the corporation’s new media department.

A BBC Spokeswoman said that the corporation has “contingency plans and will do everything we can to minimise disruption to licence fee payers.”

The last time strike action hit BBC News was in May 2005.

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