Glenn Dyer writes:

In a purge of almighty proportions, news is emerging from Channel Nine’s Willoughby bunker over the past hour that 50 to 100 staff in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are currently being told they are no longer required.

According to Nine sources, producers, graphics people, promo producers, administration staff and executives are all part of Nine’s end of financial year slashing as boss Sam Chisholm carves away at what he sees as the “bureaucratic fat” built up in the Gyngell years.

Former marketing director Jodie Leonard, who was appointed by John Alexander and David Gyngell, is one high profile staffer believed to have been sacked.

Crikey also understands Chisholm spoke to Sydney news and current affairs boss Max Uechtritz this morning. He’s on the outer with the current regime and might also be likely to go.

The cuts come after The Australian reported yesterday:

Media analysts have already tipped Nine’s 2005 results to include “restructuring costs” of between $15 million and $50 million. The extent of Nine’s cost issues were highlighted in a recent report by Macquarie Equities, which estimated second-half costs would be 18 per cent above those at the same time last year.

Mr Chisholm took control of Nine in May after the surprise resignation of Nine chief executive David Gyngell, and was quickly tasked with cutting costs and finding a full-time chief..

Peter Fray

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