BBC Journalists’ Strike is On

Our colleagues across the pond have initiated a two-day strike over pension benefits, the AP reports. Some radio and TV programs are operating on skeleton crews, and others have been cancelled altogether: the revised schedule is on the BBC site here.

The general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, Jeremy Dear, told the AP, “NUJ members across the BBC have consistently dubbed the [pension] proposals a pensions robbery.” Reuters reports that the Union has planned another strike for November 15-16, and a third one during the Christmas season.

The Guardian website has a slideshow of photographs from the picket line and a live blog that’s meant to serve as a substitute for the off-air Today radio program.

Journalists stateside may share the sentiment of Katherine Rosman, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, who wrote on Twitter this morning: “So quaint! Journos w/ leverage?!” (via MuckRack).

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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner