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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1311738/BBC-strikers-black-Cameron-speech-disrupt-spending-review-coverage.html

BBC unions last night declared war on the Conservatives with an extraordinary threat to black out coverage of David Cameron’s keynote speech to the Tory party conference.

They unveiled a series of damaging strikes which will also disrupt its reporting of Chancellor George Osborne’s spending review next month.

The two 48-hour walkouts, in protest at plans to overhaul the corporation’s gold-plated pensions, have been deliberately timed to wipe out coverage of the two most high-profile events in this autumn’s political calendar.

Unions are expecting ‘well in excess’ of 10,000 BBC workers to support the action.

It is thought the corporation would still be able to put together coverage of the events, but that it would be ‘lightweight’.

Furious Conservatives said the threat was final proof of the inherent Left-wing bias of BBC staff. A Tory source said last night: ‘These dates make the strike political.’

Philip Davies, a Conservative member of the Culture Select Committee, said: ‘Mark Thompson (the BBC Director General) was saying recently that the BBC had a Left-wing bias in Margaret Thatcher’s time, but that has since been ironed out. He might now want to think again.

‘It’s entirely predictable of course and demonstrates the inherent Left-wing bias that still exists.

‘What it shows is that their bias is more important to them than broadcasting events that are of interest to the public. They don’t want to get the Conservative message across because it doesn’t fit in with their agenda.’

Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries said: ‘These are cynical and politically motivated strikes which prove the BBC unions have declared war on the Government.’

The first walkout is planned for October 5 and 6, during the Tory conference. David Cameron usually makes his keynote speech on the Wednesday – which this year is October 6.

Journalists, technicians and other broadcast staff will stage another strike on October 19 and 20, the second day of which coincides with the Government’s long-awaited spending review. The effect on coverage could be dramatic.

During BBC strikes in 2005, big-name news presenters Jeremy Paxman, Natasha Kaplinsky and Fiona Bruce were among those who stayed away.

Last month, Mr Thompson admitted the corporation had in the past been guilty of ‘massive’ Left-wing bias but insisted it was now a ‘broader church’.

The industrial action was announced by technicians’ union Bectu, the National Union of Journalists and Unite. They said they would consult members before meeting on October 1 to finalise the industrial action.

The strike threat comes after the BBC announced in June plans to drastically change its generous pension schemes. The corporation says it needs to take action because, since 2008, its pension deficit has ballooned from £470million to around £2billion.

In an email to members, Mr Thompson described reform as ‘inevitable’.

He said: ‘We have a large current deficit in our scheme and face long-term pressures

which, without action now, would undermine the scheme and compromise the broader finances of the BBC.’

Under the corporation’s proposals, its defined benefit pension scheme will close to all workers joining the BBC from December 1. Although existing staff can remain in the scheme, the value of their pensions will collapse because from April next year, the increase in their pensionable pay will be capped at 1 per cent.

On Monday, the BBC tried to avert strike action by offering to set up a new ‘career average’ scheme – but employees would have to work to 65 rather than 60 and would have to pay in a greater proportion of their salary.

Members of the NUJ and Bectu described the changes as ‘punitive’ and voted to strike by more than nine to one.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said: ‘The BBC’s continued insistence that staff pay much more for significantly worse benefits is unacceptable.

‘If the BBC fails to listen to the continued nger of staff at these unacceptable pensions changes, we will be left with no choice but to strike to stop the pensions

robbery.’

The consultation on the pension changes had been due to finish this month, but the BBC has now extended it until the middle of November.

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I wonder how labour supporters would feel if they were forced to pay for a conservative propoganda machine?

Cut Scrap the licence fee.

****** the BBC

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But that'd be good for cameron. He could announce enormous cuts. :)

Indeed, a good day to announce bad news! ;)

Perhaps he could start with a cut in the license fee. In fact I believe they have already intimated they will be cutting the license fee. :P

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Taxy taxy Osborne (property, banksters, lawyers, etc)

You know it's inevitable.

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Are the lunatics trying to hijack the asylum, or does the BBC think of themselves as the officials trying to regain control??

Both sides are on dodgy grounds with this one. The BBC iare out of place (and order) trying to undermine a democratically formed government. Yet then again I doubt there were many of the Tory or Lib Dem electorate, who actually democratically voted for a coalition government in the first place!?

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The BBC are a disgrace.

They are simply getting carried away with the Trade Unionist's and all of their big talk. What is criminal here is that the rest of us have to go without whilst they d1ck around expecting the gravy train to continue as before.

They out of control and need to be sold off immediately.

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This may have had an effect 20 years ago but with ITN news, Ch4, Sky and the easy access to other news channels, it's pointless.

Articles from the 'Wail' are worth believing if they suit?

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The BBC are a disgrace.

They are simply getting carried away with the Trade Unionist's and all of their big talk. What is criminal here is that the rest of us have to go without whilst they d1ck around expecting the gravy train to continue as before.

They out of control and need to be sold off need to sell of their housing portfolios immediately.

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DO you remember the "adverts" they used to do, reminding you about "the unique way the BBC is funded". Thats right - you are legally forced to pay their costs to watch ANYHING on TV - Even if you choose NOT to watch their advert free propoganda. And then they spend YOUR money advertising something they FORCE you to pay for whether you want it or not.

Oh I bet it was a "Such a f**king Perfect Day"

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Oh I bet it was a "Such a f**king Perfect Day"

But look at final lines of Lou Reed's masterpiece..

You're going to reap just what you sow,

You're going to reap just what you sow,

You're going to reap just what you sow,

You're going to reap just what you sow...

Good luck BBC.. remember these lines, now that you have finally come out of the closet, and feel bold enough to try to subvert the broadcasting of the opposing viewpoint to your own. Idiots.. remove their charter.

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But look at final lines of Lou Reed's masterpiece..

You're going to reap just what you sow,

You're going to reap just what you sow,

You're going to reap just what you sow,

You're going to reap just what you sow...

Good luck BBC.. remember these lines, now that you have finally come out of the closet, and feel bold enough to try to subvert the broadcasting of the opposing viewpoint to your own. Idiots.. remove their charter.

Ah - Very well pointed out!!! I might just make a special trip to sing that at the picket lines!!!!

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Just threaten to extend IR35 to include freelance journalists (you'd be suprised how many of the big boy/girl presenters on the BBC are actually self employed).

Originally IR35 would have also included them by definition but guess what, a bit of lobbying, aka overt threatening made them quickly exempt. Hence the pro-Lab BBC leaning, its not idealism, just purely a matter of personal wealth.

IT staff on the other hand have no such method of influence and got fisted.

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Sounds like a good opportunity for ITN (ITV/Ch4 News) to make hay while the BBC implodes.

Absolutely. Never watch the news on BBC anymore; just other peoples' PR puffs regurgitated by overpaid baboons.

F**k 'em, there's plenty of other proper news channels on my Sky box.

Scrap the licence fee now, and put it down.

B

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When I tell my grandchildren that I had to pay to have communist prpoganda pumped into my living room, will they believe me?

Communist, lol.

I can just imagine Greg Dyke coming home from a hard days work at the ministry of Propaganda, queuing up to use the toilet in his commieblock flat shared with 8 other families, then digging into a turnip and some mouldly bread for dinner.

Communist indeed.

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