Journalists from the BBC's regional newsroom in Leeds have joined a picket line outside the Corporation's studios in their protest against compulsory redundancies. Members of the NUJ are staging a 24 hour walkout which is disrupting both radio and TV programmes.
BBC journalists striking over redundancies being made across the corporation are expected to last for up to 24 hours.
A picket line outside the Hull newsroom began at 10am and is expected to last until 2pm. Many more picket lines outside BBC newsrooms across the country are happening simultaneously.
The strike is as a result of negotiations about jobs and contracts between the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the corporation falling down. The NUJ announced the stike date last Friday.
– Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary
After months of negotiations with BBC Scotland management, NUJ reps fighting to secure the jobs of nine of their colleagues discovered that six jobs were being externally advertised, offering six-month contracts to journalists who do not work for the corporation. The BBC is prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies rather than secure redeployment opportunities for those at risk. This demonstrates the significant failures of some managers to uphold key aspects of the redeployment agreement, let alone the spirit of the deal.
BBC journalists are on strike in a row over jobs being axed across the corporation.
This morning, no BBC Look North bulletin was aired as a result of the strike.
Around 2000 jobs are being cut over five years as part of its Delivering Quality First programme.