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.