JOURNALISTS at the BBC are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over jobs.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said all its members at the corporation will vote in a campaign opposing any compulsory redundancies.

This comes after BBC journalists in England walked out in July over plans to cut local radio output by almost half.

The NUJ said its members in the World Service, the News Channel, and across England at BBC Local faced losing their jobs.

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The union said it believes compulsory redundancies can be avoided with redeployment and flexibility.

Paul Siegert, NUJ national broadcasting organiser, said: “This dispute is resolvable and requires serious engagement.

“If the BBC refuse to engage properly, as befits a public body, NUJ members across the BBC stand prepared to widen this dispute including taking strike action if necessary.”