BBC journalists will hold strike ballot

The Guardian

Journalists with the BBC will vote on whether or not to strike, Mark Sweney reported Tuesday in The Guardian.

Members of the National Union of Journalists are to be balloted over industrial action after passing a motion calling for an overhaul of the pay gap with programme-makers and senior management.

BBC Radio also announced today that 65 jobs will be cut, Jason Deans reported in The Guardian. Last week, Neil Midgley reported in Forbes that the BBC would cut 500 jobs from the news division. Meanwhile, members of the National Union of Journalists cite a 1 percent pay raise granted to some employees this year and perks and pay for those at the top.

The motion also called for a “radical overhaul of executive pay and perks”, such as the “generous” expense accounts and car allowances that senior managers enjoy.

“There are structural changes that can be made that would result in fair pay, and free up cash for programming,” said Stanistreet. “Our calculations show that if pay was capped at £150,000, this would free [up] £20m which could be spent on journalism and programming. This would be to the benefit of the staff and licence payers.”

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