CBS News Writers May Be Next to Strike

CBS news writers may be the next to strike. Today, they authorized the Writers Guild to call a strike on their behalf.

CBS news writers, graphic artists and other staffers who work for the network's television and radio news operations voted by a wide margin to authorize a strike against their employer, the Writers Guild of America announced today.

Of the 300 employees who cast ballots in last week's special election, 81% backed a labor stoppage to protest working for more than 2 1/2 years without a contract.

Radio would be hit big time:

If a labor stoppage were to occur, all-news radio stations such as Los Angeles' KNX-AM (1070) and KFWB-AM (980), Chicago's WBBM-AM and New York's 1010 WINS and WCBS-AM probably would be the hardest hit, as they would lose the staff that pens their news and headlines.

The tv writers' strike and the Broadway stagehands strike continues.

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    So, if news happens... (none / 0) (#1)
    by TomStewart on Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 08:31:45 PM EST
    And no one is there to write about it, is it really news?

    Blogs (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 08:33:51 PM EST
    Will just have to take over.

    CBS is in trouble. (none / 0) (#3)
    by DA in LA on Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 09:29:29 PM EST
    As a network, they are the most in danger of being hurt by the writer's strike - because CBS does not as large of a media companies as the others.

    Now ad the news writers.  The big thing about news writers going on strike is that most of the network are planning on using news magazine shows, like Dateline and 20/20 to fill the gap.  During the 88 strike those type of show really took off.

    If they go on strike CBS will be in bad shape.

    93 year-old screenwriter speaks the truth (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 11:11:10 AM EST