WDR strike: Morgenmagazin moderators sit in the dark


When "Tagesschau" spokesman Jan Hofer switched to the WDR studio in Cologne after the 8.30 o'clock news, the "Morgenmagazin" host team Anna Planken and Sven Lorig suddenly sat in the dark. "You should not be surprised, but in Cologne is again strikes," clarified Lorig the audience. And Planken added, "And that's why we're going to show you a half-hour recorded."

The union Ver.di and the German Journalists Association (DJV) had called for the warning strike at WDR. The unions want to make the pressure before the fourth round of collective bargaining on Friday: "The WDR has not moved after the third round," said DJV representative Volkmar Kah dpa.

The unions want, among other things, that the tariff increases at WDR continue to be based on the public service. "In order to achieve a successful conclusion, both sides must move towards each other," said WDR administrative director Katrin Vernau. "Furthermore, we are ready for a solution that lives up to our responsibility towards the contributors in NRW."

According to the union's strike call, the warning strike will run until one o'clock in the morning until Wednesday. The effects would be felt during the day due to failures in various broadcasts of the WDR, said a Ver.di spokesman.

Already in July there had been a warning strike at WDR. In the morning, Ver.di members marched into the studio of the ARD "Morgenmagazin", the live broadcast was suspended for one hour and also a repeat broadcast.

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