BBC strike could hit Strictly Come Dancing final

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly The BBC1 programme's final is on 17 December

This round-up reports on a strike ballot at the BBC over its plans to cut 2,000 jobs.

Strike action over planned cuts at the BBC could interrupt the Strictly Come Dancing final as well as the Sports Personality of the Year awards, suggests the Guardian. It says staff are being balloted over the proposals unveiled earlier in October by the corporation to lose 2,000 jobs, change staff redundancy rights and freezing payments for unpredictable working.

If the ballot of members of the three main unions - Bectu, the NUJ and Unite - return a yes vote, then a strike could take place as soon as the beginning of December.

The BBC and the S4C have reached an agreement over the future and funding of the Welsh-language broadcaster until 2017, reports BBC News.

According to, "Madoc Roberts of the Bectu union fears that funding cuts may spell the 'end of S4C'. He said: 'They are heading for a long, slow death... I think what's happened is we have been sold out by the people doing the negotiations, both by S4C and the BBC.'"

The Daily Mirror says Downton Abbey bosses had to defend the show after the plots were labelled "bonkers", becoming "Crossroads with posh frocks".

It says "another pundit condemned the speed which the ITV series has developed, saying that the 'supersonic pace' had left viewers confused. But executive producer Gareth Neame says the criticism is unjustified because an average of 11.5 million people now tune in on Sundays, comp­­ared to 9.4 million for the first series."

According to Ofcom research, teenagers may be watching more televison than before but care more about their mobile phones and the web, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The eurozone debt crisis, and the fate of the Italian government, is the lead story in most of Wednesday's papers, as reported in the BBC's papers review.

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    Comment number 4.

    and no I don't work for the BBC and lately, the cuts are beginning to show already with the quality of some of the articles on this site are anything to go by. The Steps/Stone Roses one was pathetic and saw the BBC caught with its pants down and offered nothing of value at all.
    It's getting harder and harder to defend the BBC whilst BBC3 and 1 Extra remain untouched too.

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    Comment number 3.

    The fact of the cuts at the BBC is it is affecting the people on the front line, the creative, the innovative, the brave.
    The masses of middle management, who, purely coincidently, are not part of the redundancy and offer nothing to the BBC's output, will keep there jobs.
    I suggest you start to read Private Eye for an honest appraisal of the Management stitch up of staff.

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    Comment number 2.

    Why do BBC employees, or for that matter *any* of the striking workers out there think that they are above the need for savings and cuts?

    Every company, every service, every family, every individual is looking to see how more can be done with less, and sadly some changes and losses have to be made.
    Strike and for the majority in the private sector without that choice you will lose public sympathy

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    Comment number 1.

    I appreciate the update & the upheaval at BBC.
    I can imagine working at BBC & prospect of 2,000 jobs being lost.
    But cuts are everywhere, bleeding is everywhere, & the BBC cannot expect to be overlooked.
    For what it's worth BBC is my most respected site for news & commentary.
    But where do you think a srike will get you, except out of pocket?



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