More ABC jobs to go
Some 250 staff expected to go from ABC news, entertainment & regional.
Some 200 – 250 staff are expected to depart from ABC content roles in news, entertainment and regional divisions in the latest round of cost-savings.
Managing director David Anderson has told staff the cuts are unavoidable due to a $41m shortfall per annum after an indexation freeze by the federal government.
“The budget challenge presented to us by the indexation pause remains and we will also need to finalise savings initiatives to meet this challenge,” Anderson wrote to staff.
“The budget gap of $41 million per annum means that despite our best efforts some of our services will be affected and, regrettably, there will be redundancies. We will provide more information about these changes when we share the five-year plan.”
Staff numbers were understood to be culled in March but were delayed due to COVID-19.
In divisions where more than 10 redundancies will be required ABC is inviting voluntary redundancy, but it does not automatically mean an employee will get one.
“This has been an arduous year already for all of us and I’m conscious of how many of you must be feeling right now given the uncertainty across our industry and the broader economy,” he continued.
“The work of all of you throughout the challenges we have faced together this year has been outstanding and your patience and professionalism are, as always, greatly appreciated.”
David Anderson is due to unveil his 5 year strategy for ABC before the end of the month.
Meanwhile News Corp has today signalled another 100 jobs to go including at The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, and The Australian.
Source: The Guardian