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WORLD : Strike Cripples BBC TV and Radio

May 09, 1989| From Times wire services

LONDON — British Broadcasting Corp. journalists and technicians began a 48-hour strike today, severely disrupting radio and television programs.

Most live broadcasts were cancelled as senior journalists, talk show hosts and disc jockeys joined picket lines to demand a 16% wage increase. The state-funded corporation has refused to increase its offer of 7% despite the fact that annual inflation has reached 7.9% and is expected to go higher.

The BBC's main television news bulletins continued, but in shortened form. Anchormen said they would not take pay while colleagues were on strike but worked because they thought it wrong to stop the news on a public service channel.

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