Journalism

Jul 14, 2014

UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

The Asia Pacific News Centre and the ABC's International Division are likely to contribute most of the 80 redundancies announced to staff this morning, as the ABC grapples with the budget cuts.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Around 80 staff will be made redundant from the ABC, the Commonwealth Public Sector Union and an ABC spokesman have confirmed, however this figure may decrease once redeployment options are explored.

A Radio Australia staff member told Crikey 25 editorial jobs will go, while seven people in operations will also be sacked. Staff have been told that this will include the entire English-language division of Radio Australia, which the CPSU has confirmed. All casuals and contract staff will be dropped. Asked if this number of redundancies would have a large impact on Radio Australia, a staff member told Crikey they amounted to “gutting” the network. It’s understood just 30 staff will be retained in the division, with cuts in content expected. Flagship program The World will be reduced to a half-hour program.

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5 thoughts on “UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

  1. Bill Hilliger

    Loopert is very pleased. After a while his organisation News corpse will take and run the Australia network with a hefty annual government subsidy.

  2. Yclept

    Yes, the beginning of the end…

  3. Draco Houston

    imagining the old abcnew24 ad with these changes

    with reporters in sydney…sydney…sydney…sydney…sydney

  4. Dingoes Breakfast

    I think it’s about time because I believe they are doing Australia harm. So c u when the mud dries and I hope it pours.

  5. Suziekue

    Weasel Turnbull is already trying to distance himself from the decision by blaming ABC Management. Yeah sure Malcolm, but snivel all you like, it’s your stinking government that cut the funding. The gun is smoking in your hand.

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