BBC journalists to strike over redundancies row

BBC's Broadcasting House building in central London. Credit: PA

BBC journalists are to go on strike and launch a corporation-wide work to rule in an escalating row over compulsory redundancies, their union announced tonight.

The National Union of Journalists said a date for the strike will be announced soon, while a work to rule which has been taking place in Scotland will be extended.

The union said the row was over around 30 compulsory redundancies as part of the BBC's Delivering Quality First cuts programme which plans more than 2,000 job losses across the corporation.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We're continuing to work closely with our staff and the unions to seek redeployment wherever possible and those talks are ongoing."