BBC Journalists could strike on Friday

{jcomments off}The BBC could see journalists at the corporation walk out on Friday in industrial action over compulsory redundancies.

Members of the National Union of Journalists voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot held early this month. Compulsory redundancies at the World Service and within the BBC News department are the reason for the latest round of possible Union action. The National Union of Journalists has set this Friday as one of the days for action with a second set for the end of the month. The Union has said it will call off Friday’s strike if senior BBC managers agree to meet to “resolve” the threat of compulsory redundancies – the BBC is seeking to cut 1000 staff.

If the strike does go ahead on Friday its likely once again high-profile BBC journalists will walk out and some news programmes may go off-air. The previous strike in November of last year took BBC Radio Four’s Today programme off-air while other shows such as Breakfast had to use stand-in presenters as its regular anchors stayed away. The strike also comes as the fast moving Phone Hacking story is unfolding. With new revelations and twists every day the BBC will needs its journalists onboard to report what is, undoubtedly, the biggest story involving the media in years. So far the BBC has seen ratings for Newsnight, Question Time and its regular news bulletins rise as viewers tune in for the latest developments.