BBC strike was 'about quality as well as staff cuts'

BBC journalists who took part in a 24-hour walkout in Scotland said the action was not just over job losses but also about the "impact" on the licence payer.

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The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said yesterday's industrial action was strongly supported by its members who mounted picket lines outside BBC offices and studios across the UK.

James Cook, Scotland correspondent for BBC News and an NUJ member, said more than 100 people were involved in a picket in Glasgow. He said: "It is intellectually incoherent to argue you can make cuts this deep while continuing to increase the number of progr-ammes and keep up quality."

BBC radio and TV news programmes were badly affected by the walkout.

A BBC spokesman said: "We understand how difficult situations involving redundancies can be, but it is disappointing the NUJ have chosen to take this action."

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