(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) A strike by BBC journalists over jobs disrupted programmes including the flagship current affairs programme Today on the domestic Radio 4 Monday.
TV news was also hit by the 24-hour walkout by members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in protest at compulsory redundancies, the BBC announced.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, led journalists out of the building at the BBC's central London studios at midnight at the start of the walkout.
Picket lines were mounted outside BBC studios and offices across the UK and the union said the strike was being well supported.
Stanistreet said, "NUJ members across the BBC are taking action to defend jobs and quality journalism at the corporation.
They are angry and frustrated at the poor decisions being taken at the top of the BBC - decisions that are leading to journalists being forced out of their jobs and quality journalism and programming compromised".
"Instead of making sure that the redeployment process works properly in all areas of the BBC, managers are prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies and sacrifice the livelihoods of experienced and talented journalists, at the same time as advertising other jobs externally".
A BBC spokesman said, "We understand how frustrating and difficult situations involving redundancies can be, but it is disappointing the NUJ have chosen to take this action.
"We are working hard to ensure that we succeed in getting staff redeployed wherever we can and will continue to work with the unions to ensure that their members receive the right redeployment support."