The PR Guru

November 5, 2010

The BBC Strike, on the day the firemen chose not to

Strike action is never good for PR. It makes the company/government look bad because they cannot give the employees what they what. All part of the spending cuts and lack of money.

I woke up this morning to the news that BBC Radio Stoke was not broadcasting its normal programmes today – due to strike action. Turning on BBC News on the T.V. we saw just one presenter – not the usual two – and no weather map. All part of the reduced amount of people going into the studios today.

It has been said that, throughout the day, the news channels will only broadcast snippets of news, because there are no reporters to create a full story.

The strike began at midnight yesterday and plans to last 48 hours, with further action planned for November 15th and 16th and throughout the Christmas period – a time when people tend to stay indoors more often and watch television.

Why are the employees striking? Well, they want to defend their pensions from being dramatically reduced – and who can blame them?

The complete opposite to this, however, is that firefighters in London have called off their planned strike this evening amid fears for public safety.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union had been due to walk out for 47 hours from 10am this morning, leaving staff from private firms to provide emergency cover.

However, proposals to cancel the strike emerged after a meeting of FBU leaders.

The union had been calling on the London Fire Brigade not to press ahead with any sackings of firefighters who refuse to accept new contracts, which include a new shift system.

It looks like the firefighters already got what they wanted, with the threat of sackings now being lifted.

One of our associates, Laura Simpson, blogged about the proposed strike when it was announced. You can read her post about it here.



  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Richard Swancott, Richard Swancott, Robert Brown, Robert Brown, Robert Brown and others. Robert Brown said: #BBCStrike causes many programmes, inc BBC Breakfast, to be replaced with fillers and pre-recorded footage – NUJ […]

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  2. I think it is terrible because people pay their license fee and end up not getting the shows they were told. The new BBC one HD channel came out yesterday and it has mostly SD content on and now this will affect it even more. Also glad the Firemen cancelled their strike.

    Comment by Drew — November 5, 2010 @ 11:44 am | Reply

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