BBC Anchors' Refusal to Work Threatens News Coverage

LONDON -- The BBC’s news and current affairs coverage took a beating Friday after strike action over pensions forced the main news bulletins to be scaled back and manned by managers.

News anchors including Fiona Bruce, Paul Mason, Kirsty Wark, Huw Edwards and George Alagiah refused to cross picket lines, resulting in the cancellation of flagship news programs like Today, BBC Breakfast, and Newsnight, while bulletins have been cut to 10 minutes.

The 48-hour strike will likely affect output on Saturday and comes as staff protest at changes to the BBC pension scheme.

Further strike action is threatened later this month and perhaps over the Christmas period.

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