More than dozen journalists take strike action at Radio Derby
THE "majority of the newsroom" at BBC Radio Derby walked out yesterday as part of nationwide strike action.
About 14 members of the National Union of Journalists took the action, affecting programming across the network, in protest at more than 2,000 job cuts across the corporation.
The father of the union chapel at Derby, Charles Collins, said: "The majority of the newsroom has come out on strike and the mood is determined.
"The breakfast bulletins have been read by the programme editor and the station manager was editing the programme, I understand."
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The strike action began with staff beginning a work-to-rule campaign on Friday.
The action will continue for several weeks as well as further strike action being balloted for March. Mr Collins said: "I anticipate the work-to-rule to start to bite, particularly over weekends."
Across the country, programmes were disrupted, with Radio 4's Today programme off air, BBC Breakfast cut down to half-hour bulletins and local news bulletins believed to be cut down too.
General secretary of the NUJ Michelle Stanistreet said: "Instead of making sure that the redeployment process works properly in all areas of the BBC, managers are prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies and sacrifice the livelihoods of experienced and talented journalists, at the same time as advertising other jobs externally."
A spokesman for the BBC said: "We are disappointed that the NUJ has gone ahead with today's strike and apologise to our audience for the disruption to services.
"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.
"We have made considerable progress in reducing the need for compulsory redundancies through volunteers, redeployment and cancelling vacant positions and we will continue with these efforts."