BBC Strikers Protest Job Cuts

    May 23, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Thousands of journalists and technicians began a 24-hour strike at the BBC in response to expected job cuts.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the strike began at midnight London time, and its effects were felt throughout radio and television. Reruns of programs began to run to replace the missing content as a result of the strike.

The BBC plans to cut about 4,000 jobs, citing a potential cost savings of $640 million USD as the reason. Unions organizing the 11,000-person strike have announced other strikes will take place May 31 and June 1, plus a fourth one on a date to be determined.

“The savage cuts proposed will damage programming as well as the organization and will unravel British broadcasting traditions,” said Mike Smallwood, national officer of the Amicus union.

“Industrial action will not remove the need for further consultation or the need for the BBC to implement changes which will enable us to put more money into improved programs and services,” the BBC said in a statement.

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