Paper strikes

BBC and Scots titles hit by summer of action

Record and Express
The Reach titles are among those affected (pic: Terry Murden)

Journalists are to join the wave of summer strikes, with industrial action hitting the Daily Record, Scottish Daily Express and The Scotsman.

BBC journalists are also threatening strike action after the national broadcaster announced it would be axing some of its UK-based roles. 

Print and website editions of national news titles are expected to be affected by the disputes.

The National Union of Journalists said its members at Reach – owner of the Record and Express titles and various local websites – are working to rule and have plans to walk out on 26 and 31 August as well as 15 and 16 September. Reach has offered a pay deal worth 3%.

Journalists at The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday – will strike on 26 August and 2 September over compulsory redundancies.

The BBC is facing disruption after it announced plans to combine the BBC News and BBC World News channels into a single 24-hour news service from April, in a bid to cut costs.

The money saving measure will mean 70 roles will be axed in London, with the news channel’s team of presenters expected to be cut from 19 to five.

Paxman quits quiz show

Jeremy Paxman is to step down as host of University Challenge after nearly three decades. 

The 72-year-old, who has presented the show since 1994, will film his last episode this autumn, while his final series will air on BBC Two from 29 August through to summer next year. 

He said: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years. I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and to meet some of the swottier brains in the country. It gives me hope for the future.”

A new presenter will be announced next week.

University Challenge this year celebrates 60 years of being Britain’s longest running quiz show and a documentary will air on BBC 2 on 29 August. 

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