Mar 7, 2017

ABC to cut 200 staff by June

The ABC is finally joining Ten, Nine, Seven, Foxtel and Fox Sports among the victims of streaming video, the net and social media.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Well, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie promised to swing the axe. Today she has, announcing a 20% "reduction" in management across the public broadcaster, while also promising to address "duplication in support roles".

"It is expected that ... 150 to 200 staff will leave the ABC by June 30, 2017," according to this morning's press release. 

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12 thoughts on “ABC to cut 200 staff by June

  1. Needlemeyer

    On that last sentence, “…does the funding of the ABC matter as much?”:

    The ABC’s funding, per se, might not be so significant, but, having an adequately funded, non-commercial, independent, and disinterested prominent news organisation to report on all those other matters is a HUGE issue! Without this “balancing item”, we will never escape the althernative universe of “alternative facts”.

    1. zut alors

      Thoroughly agree. It’s vital to have an independent national broadcaster with sufficient resources to operate effectively along with setting the bar.

      One area we wouldn’t object to being axed ie: the promo department. The number of promos between programmes is insufferable, the constant touting has the opposite effect by actually discouraging me to tune in.

  2. graybul

    Could not have said it better ‘Needlemeyer. When it comes to Media . . . ABC is ‘the’ essential weight offsetting private, commercial interests. The public funded voice of last resort. If it were not so . . . why is it ‘for profit’ media, alongside ultra conservative politicians constantly hyperventilate when the ABC voice receives Public support?

  3. AR

    The mere fact that the fish eyed James argues & rails as passionately as his shrivelled soul can manage against a publicly funding alternative to alternative factoids of his pere should be warning enough.

  4. klewso

    Congratulations Rupert?

  5. Olga Kimpton

    “In the past couple of weeks, ASIC has forced Seven, Nine and Pacific Star Network to make around $340 million in asset impairments for the December half.” … What are “asset impairments”? And what does this have to do with the ABC?

  6. Woopwoop

    Who wrote this stuff – Milton Friedman? The ABC is not about profit and loss, downsizing, market forces etc. What are taxes for, if not the ABC?

  7. Bill Hilliger

    By Jesus Malcolm chicken little and his front bench dipsticks have delivered in spades for Loopert Mudroch; additionally, the NBN has been marginalised, … the NewsCrap organisation has won. The ABC nowadays is almost unwatchable.

    1. John Hall

      I like to listen.

  8. Gooseman

    It’s Glenn Dyer’s opinion that doesn’t matter – so out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Australians who trust the ABC and so cavalier about the impact of
    successive funding cuts to the public broadcaster – in a country with exceptional concentration of media ownership which looks like getting worse. We’ve got a revenue problem, Glenn.

  9. klewso

    Atrophication by a thousand cuts ….. news dominated by Murdoch’s advertorial soldiers?
    What price the ABC as a bulwalk against a rising tide of cultivated zombie ignorance?

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