BBC Prom's faces strike threat

Viewers could be left in the dark if proposed strikes go ahead.
Britain's Proms concert, famous for its traditional rousing chorus of Land Of Hope And Glory, is due to be shown live on BBC One and BBC Two.
Britain's Proms concert, famous for its traditional rousing chorus of Land Of Hope And Glory, is due to be shown live on BBC One and BBC Two.

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Britain's famous Last Night at the Proms concert is under threat from strike action as BBC employees and performers prepare to walk out in a dispute over pensions.

The iconic classical show is due to take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 11 but officials at The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) have scheduled a 48-hour walk out which will hit the final two nights of the proms.

The move comes in response to BBC bosses' plans to slash pension payments to employees and the strike will be supported by actors' union Equity and the Musicians' Union, which means many of the performers could also walk out.
The National Union of Journalists is also considering joining the strike action, which means reporters won't cross picket lines to cover the event.
BECTU representative Luke Crawley said, "If the BBC doesn't back down, it could easily find itself with a blank screen - and no one in the Albert Hall, except a very angry audience. It's grossly unfair and a complete betrayal by the BBC to its employees."

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