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Last Updated: Monday, 23 May, 2005, 21:45 GMT 22:45 UK
At a glance: BBC strike disruptions
BBC Strike
Disruption to services was varied across TV and radio
BBC staff who are members of the NUJ, Bectu and Amicus staged a 24-hour strike on 23 May.

The strike caused disruption to television and radio services, with news output particularly affected.

Here is a rundown of schedule changes and what remained unaffected.


  • BBC One's One O'Clock News bulletin was a 30-minute broadcast, simulcast on BBC News 24. But there was no regional news following the national bulletin. The Six O'Clock News was a 25-minute broadcast, simulcast on BBC News 24. Sitcom My Family was broadcast at 1830 in place of regional news programmes. The 10 O'Clock News was 28 minutes, followed by a shortened local bulletin.

  • There was some coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show on BBC One and Two. The 1900 and 2000 broadcasts featured pre-recorded events from Sunday and Monday. The 1230 programme was changed to a review of last year's show.

  • BBC Two is running as scheduled during the day but Newsnight was not broadcast.

  • BBC One's Breakfast programme went out with 30 minutes of live programming and 30 minutes pre-recorded, including an archive Hard Talk with Duran Duran.

  • BBC News 24 and BBC World are running a mix of live and pre-recorded programming.

  • Children's digital channels CBBC and Cbeebies are running as scheduled.


  • BBC Radio One, Two and Three are all running live programmes, with main presenters including Terry Wogan and Chris Moyles reporting for work.

  • Radio 4's flagship news programme Today was cancelled, with a mix of documentary, music and comedy segments broadcast instead.

  • Radio 4's other main news programme including PM and The World Tonight have been replaced by archive programmes.

  • Radio Five Live's daytime news and discussion programmes were all off air. But the commentary of the British and Irish Lions rugby team is expected to go ahead, while the Breakfast show alternated half-hour live segments with pre-recorded pieces.

  • The World Service languages services are running largely as normal, with minor changes. The English service has no live programmes except five-minute bulletins every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.


  • Local radio and TV stations have some normal services operating but it varies from region to region.

  • There is serious disruption to BBC Scotland's output, with its radio programmes Good Morning Scotland and TV news bulletins off air.

  • In Northern Ireland, Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster show was not broadcast.

  • There is also major disruption to BBC Wales scheduling.


  • The BBC News website is operating with a reduced staff but will continue to be updated regularly throughout the strike.

  • Other internet services are running "pretty much as normal", a spokesman said.


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