Programmes hit as BBC staff strike over pay
BBC radio and TV programmes were disrupted because of a strike by journalists and technicians in a row over jobs, workload and claims of bullying.
Members of the National Union of Journalists and the technicians' union Bectu walked out of offices and studios across the UK at noon yesterday and will follow the action with a work-to-rule.
The strike led to the cancellation of BBC2's 'Newsnight', Radio 4's 'PM' and 'World Tonight' and pre-recorded interviews being used on the news channel.
Unions mounted pickets outside BBC centres, including New Broadcasting House in central London. The unions were protesting at the so-called Delivering Quality First (DQF) programme, which will lead to 2,000 job losses.