Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the BBC and its staff to consider licence fee payers ahead of planned industrial action.
Speaking to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee he said he was most concerned about two strike dates set for 18 and 19 October, which coincide with the government's comprehensive spending review.
During a wide-ranging evidence session on the work of his department, he said that "people should make whatever inference they want" over the planned date of industrial action.
Elsewhere during the evidence session he was questioned by Labour MP Paul Farrelly over departmental cuts.
Mr Hunt admitted that being a small department meant that it would be disproportionately hit by cuts across Whitehall, and said that around 70 posts would go by the end of March.
He confirmed that natural wastage may not cover all the job closures.
In reply to a question from Alan Keen on the Olympics legacy, he said he continued to believe that the Olympic stadium could be taken on by a major football club following the games, to prevent it from becoming a "white elephant".