Striking BBC journalists picket Brighton studio

Posted On 01 Aug 2011 at 8:00 pm

BBC journalists in Brighton have gone on strike for the second time in a month.

They are part of a national strike by members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) who work for the state broadcaster.

They are striking over plans to make almost 400 people compulsorily redundant as a result of cuts in funding imposed by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Paul Siegert, a BBC South East news correspondent and NUJ national officer, said: “The whole purpose of the strike is because we don’t believe the BBC is doing enough to tackle waste and high salaries among senior management.

“They’re picking on the small guys but more than a hundred senior managers earn more than the Prime Minister.”

The BBC Sussex drive-time radio news programme was broadcast from Kent and amalgamated across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.

Danny Pike covered the breakfast show although it was believed to be because the usual presenter Neil Pringle, the former station manager, was on leave rather than on strike.

BBC South and BBC South East broadcast shortened television bulletins to the Brighton and Hove area, including the evening magazine shows South Today and South East Today.

South East Today had replacement presenters.

Striking journalists maintained a picket line outside the offices in Queen’s Road, Brighton, from 4am until late morning.

In Southampton, outside the offices of BBC South, staff maintaine a picket line form 6am until lunchtime.

National TV and radio news programmes were also affected today.

BBC journalists also went on strike over the same issue on Friday 15 July.

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