EXCLUSIVE: GTV9 Melbourne will centralise its On-Air Presentation to TCN9 Sydney when it abandons its Bendigo Street headquarters and shifts to a new home at Docklands in December.
Nine’s On-Air Presentation will be centralised from TCN by the end of December. Disappointed staff were hopeful that Melbourne Playout would continue at the new Docklands facility.
In an email from Managing Director Jeffrey Browne to GTV9 staff leaked to TV Tonight, Nine is commencing a call for volunteer redundancies across various departments.
Browne’s email to staff indicated Nine met with union representatives last week to discuss the move and impact on staffing.
“We have been working to identify those departments where we expect a reduction in the number of positions and, as I also said at our meeting, we propose to go to those departments first to seek expressions of interest in a voluntary redundancy,” he wrote.
“We will be circulating an expression of interest form to affected areas tomorrow and the period for lodging these forms will remain open until 28 May 2010. A calculation sheet will be available outlining the redundancy severance package that anyone enquiring would be entitled to, if their offer was accepted. All calculations will be up to and including 31 December, 2010.
“Please note that there is no guarantee that expressions of interest will be accepted.”
Nine expects to respond to staff by the end of the first week in July with all affected staff notified by the end of August.
Nine has sold its premises in the heritage-protected former Wertheim Piano Factory, home to the network for 53 years, to property developer Lend Lease. Browne had previously indicated no shows would be lost as a result of the move, with small studios built in the new facility for Nine News and smaller productions. But there has been no clarity on job losses until now.
“If you have any queries or feedback in relation to this process, please discuss these with your manager. The HR team are also readily available to assist with any queries, or to receive any feedback that you may have. To help with this process, we have partnered a member of the HR team with your department so you have a clear point of contact. A contact sheet is attached outlining your HR contact,” wrote Browne.
“I will continue to keep you posted as events develop towards our move, anticipated now to be mostly complete by the end of this year.”