Strike Causes BBC news blackout

Thousands of BBC staff stayed away from work today causing major disruption to news output.
The 24-hour stoppage started at midnight and is in protest at proposals to cut 4,000 jobs.
As well as NUJ members, technical and support staff from the unions BECTU and Amicus also took part in the action.
Radio Four’s Today programme was replaced with pre-recorded output as was Radio Five Live.
An NUJ source said the Today offices were “like
the Marie Celeste” and added: “Managers appear hopelessly ill prepared
and many have no clue how to make the most basic edit. It must be a
pretty panicky atmosphere in there.”
NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear said: “We knew
this strike would be big and get massive backing from staff but the
effect it is having on programming is even greater than we expected.
“We’ve dealt a major blow in the fight to save the BBC from Mark
Thompson’s savage cuts. I hope he will now begin to take notice and
begin proper negotiations with the staff unions.”

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