BBC news hit by journalist strike
BBC local television and radio news services were disrupted as journalists staged a 24-hour strike in a dispute over compulsory redundancies.
The National Union of Journalists called yesterday's strike after failing to reach an agreement with BBC managers.
The action saw regular reporters absent from the airwaves on BBC Radio Bristol, while the corporation's evening regional news bulletin, Points West, was cut from its normal duration of almost half an hour to a five-minute slot, with a single news presenter. An episode of Fake Britain filled its traditional 6.30pm slot.
A spokeswoman for the BBC said the corporation was not releasing figures of how may employees chose to strike locally.
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She 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."
Nationally there was major disruption to BBC Radio 4 which had to drop its flagship Today programme, as well as Radio 5 Live.