The Sunday and Business Sunday cuts are amazing, to say the least: they represent the virtual
gutting of both programs. Around
17 of the cuts announced in Sydney will come from these programs. On some
readings Business Sunday could be left with one or two people at most. Sunday
will lose half its staff.

Business Sunday was staffed up in 2003 at the instigation of
Ross Greenwood, Jim Rudder and David Gyngell. The program and its staff
were re-located to the Sydney newsroom and it was supposed to be a “business unit”. The
extra staff were also doing business reports for some
Sydney radio stations. But
that didn’t work and the budget was cut.

Now the program has a full time presenter in Ali Moore and shares staff
with other programs: it has a full time producer, editor and half a dedicated
crew. How it
can find six job cuts without closing the program down has yet to be

is losing around 50% of the current staff but Executive Producer John
Lyons says the show can still go on.

with job losses of this size both programs face a problematic
future. Do the
Nine spinners who claimed no programs would be closed understand these figures? It
would appear not.

Details of Nine’s
redundancies as follows (applications till 21 June – then involuntary):

TCN News: two reporters, two cameramen, two

GTV News: one cameraman, one assistant

QTQ: one sports

ACA: two producers, three reporters, one unit

Today: four producers, three reporters, one cameraman, one

60 Minutes: two producers

Business Sunday: two producers, one
reporter, one editor, one assistant

: 12 people – three
reporters, unit manager, four producers, editor

Morning, 4.30 News
and Nightline under review

Peter Fray

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