BBC newsies OK strike

90 members vote for 24-hour stoppage

LONDON — A strike by BBC newsroom technical staff could affect TV coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s state opening of Parliament, one of the big formal set pieces of British government, on Nov. 15.

Around 90 members of the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph & Theater Union (95% of those balloted) voted for a 24-hour stoppage from 10 p.m. on Nov. 14 over changes to their work patterns.

“We are targeting coverage of the state opening of Parliament and we are hoping to cause problems,” said Bectu spokesman Luke Crawley.

A BBC spokeswoman said the pubcaster was “disappointed” at the planned strike, but would “work toward zero disruption.”

News programs at 1, 6 and 10 p.m. and the rolling news web News 24 all could be affected.

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