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BBC journalists go on strike over job cuts

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05:32 PM February 18th, 2013

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February 18th, 2013 05:32 PM

LONDON — BBC reporters have walked off the job for 24 hours to protest job cuts at the broadcast firm.

Reporters mounted picket lines outside of the BBC’s central London studios. Programs went on, but many shows were disrupted Monday.

Michelle Stanistreet, the National Union of Journalists general secretary, says poor decisions taken by the BBC leadership are leading to quality journalism being compromised. The union says 2,000 jobs are at risk and that 7,000 jobs have been cut since 2004. It says members across the BBC, including the World Service, are at risk of compulsory redundancy.

The BBC said in a statement the union’s actions are disappointing but that it doesn’t change the fact that the corporation must make savings targets that will require job cuts.

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