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BBC hit by technicians strike over move from Birmingham

A STRIKE by BBC technicians over plans to move production of TV and radio programmes disrupted the corporation's output today.

Radio 4 was not able to transmit its scheduled Farming Today programme as a result of a walkout by members of the technicians' union Bectu.

The union is protesting over plans to move production of programmes from Birmingham, arguing that the city has "cutting edge" facilities and cost effective work practices.

Bectu national officer Anna Murray said: "These plans make no sense - no money will be saved and production capacity and talent for the Midlands will be lost. The regional economy will be dealt a body blow and the aspirations of those wanting to enter the industry will be dashed."