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NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet addresses strikers at the BBC' World Service headquarters at Bush House, London. Photo: Mark Thomas

AFTRA Supports BBC Broadcasters Represented By NUJ

Posted August 03, 2011

AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon released the following statement of support to BBC journalists - members of the National Union of Journalists – who are at odds with their employer over various job issues, including layoffs of more than 300 employees. On Monday, they staged a 24-hour strike:

"AFTRA members proudly stand in support of our BBC colleagues who are members of NUJ. These men and women are struggling to save their jobs to provide their audiences with quality news and information. We call on the BBC to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract with the BBC Journalists who work to serve the public’s interest in receiving fair, accurate and objective news reporting."


The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives, and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.

DISCLAIMER: AFTRA is a union which is comprised of a variety of television and radio performers, including newspersons. The union's support of this should not be interpreted to be the position of any individual member.

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