Layoffs Coming To BBC; Strikes, Too

The BBC World Service is cutting 387 positions after its government funding was slashed, the Guardian reports.

In addition, in an attempt to reach an £89 million cost savings annually, the World Service and BBC News are merging, with up to 1,000 journalists to lose their jobs.

The National Union of Journalists asked its BBC members whether there should be a strike in response to the layoffs. In June, the BBC laid off a journalist at the World Service, despite other journalists applying for buyouts. The NUJ called the layoff a “provocative act” and urged its members to strike; a vote held Tuesday showed that 72 percent of BBC union members were in favor of a strike, while 87 percent would be okay with action short of a strike.