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BBC journalists to strike over layoffs

  • AP, London
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  • Updated: Feb 17, 2013 10:44 IST

BBC journalists are set to go on strike for 24 hours in a dispute over layoffs, potentially disrupting the broadcaster's programming.

Members of the National Union of Journalists will walk off the job at midnight on Sunday, and picket lines will be set up outside of BBC offices around the U.K.

The union, which says jobs will be cut across the corporation, has asked the BBC for a six-month moratorium on all job cuts to allow for talks and negotiation.

The BBC said Sunday it was "too early" to speculate on possible disruptions to the broadcaster's programming and expressed disappointment over the strike plans.

It said it understands how difficult layoffs can be and that it is working hard to ensure staff members are redeployed wherever possible.

 

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