Spotlight on BBC as its journalists go on strike
BBC SPOTLIGHT, the south west's regional news programme, put out shortened news broadcasts yesterday as BBC journalists went on strike over compulsory redundancies.
Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) walked out for 24 hours in a dispute over jobs.
The strike affected national and regional programming, including BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4's Today programme which was cancelled.
The BBC's Spotlight programmes at 1.30pm and 6.30pm were shortened to just 5 minutes each because of the strikes.
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Jo Irving, a broadcast journalist for BBC Devon, was part of a picket line outside the BBC Devon building in Seymour Road, Mannamead, yesterday morning. She said: "On a national and network level the strike has had a big impact.
"We see job updates every day on the BBC website and yet 30 people are facing compulsory redundancies including one person at BBC Devon.
"It's a case of 'together we stand, divided we fall' and we want to show that.
In a statement the BBC said: "Unfortunately industrial action does not alter the fact that the BBC has significant savings targets and as a consequence may have to make a number of compulsory redundancies."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "NUJ members across the BBC cannot believe why their management is failing to redeploy colleagues at risk – at the very same time as advertising job vacancies. It's a monumental waste of talent and experience and paying needless redundancies is a waste of public money."