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BBC Journalists Considering Strike Action Over News Channel Merger

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K.J. Yossman BBC journalists are considering whether to strike over the merger of two of the network’s news channel teams, which will see up to 70 jobs axed.Earlier this year BBC director general Tim Davie revealed that the U.K.-focused BBC News and global BBC World News channels would be replaced by one new channel called BBC News as part of a move to deliver hundreds of million dollars’ worth of cutbacks at the corporation.

The decision, which Davie described as one of a number of “difficult choices” management were having to make, came after the U.K.

government confirmed it would not increase the licence fee, paid for by the public, which funds the BBC.The new channel, which will be based between London, Washington D.C.

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