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BBC journalists stage second strike over redundancies

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Image caption The BBC says it is unable to agree to no compulsory redundancies

Journalists at the BBC have been taking part in a second 24-hour strike over compulsory redundancies.

Some BBC programming including Radio 4's Today was affected after members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) walked out on Monday.

The NUJ said the BBC was "unwilling to engage in finding reasonable resolutions" for those forced to leave and who face compulsory redundancy.

The BBC said it was unable to agree to demands for no compulsory redundancies.

NUJ members will also observe a work to rule from Tuesday.

Radio 4's flagship Today programme began an hour later at 07:00 and The World At One was replaced by a music programme.

5live played out pre-recorded programmes to replace its regular Up All Night show.

BBC Breakfast was presented by one host instead of two and came from a different studio.

Newsnight on BBC Two on Monday night was replaced by an old episode of Have I Got News For You.

Details of changes to schedules were published on the BBC press office website.

Monday's strike follows similar action on 15 July when licence fee payers experienced some disruption to output.

A BBC spokesman said at the time the disruption had been less than expected.

Lucy Adams, the BBC's business operations director, said in an email to staff that the corporation had been in daily contact with the NUJ last week "in an attempt to resolve the issues they have raised".

As well as being unable to agree to no compulsory redundancies, she said management were "unable to agree to NUJ members who are facing redundancy being treated differently to other BBC staff".

"Following the cuts in central government grants to the World Service and BBC Monitoring we have had to close 387 posts, meaning that, regrettably, there are nearly 100 staff who as a result are facing compulsory redundancy.

"We have been working with all these affected staff to ensure that they have opportunities for redeployment and retraining but we cannot and will not give preferential treatment to individuals depending on their union status."

The NUJ accused the BBC of "wasting thousands of pounds making skilled and experienced people compulsorily redundant instead of redeploying staff".

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