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Nov 15, 2017

ABC staff respond to restructure with questions and confusion

The ABC's major internal restructure announcement yesterday has been met with confusion by staff, who are yet to be told how it will be implemented.

Emily Watkins ā€” Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

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The ABC's major internal restructure announcement yesterday has been met with confusion by staff, who are yet to be told how it will be implemented. The restructure, which will abandon the old divisions of TV, news and radio for genre-based teams, comes at the end of a year of significant change, including a restructure in March that cut 200 jobs.

Managing director Michelle Guthrie's address to staff yesterday was short on specifics -- she said the new structure would be rolled out early next year, announced the heads of the three new divisions (or "teams"), and said the changes would help the ABC serve audiences better and where they are. But there was no plan or blueprint for what it would actually look like on the ground, and no guarantee that more jobs won't go.

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5 thoughts on “ABC staff respond to restructure with questions and confusion

  1. graybul

    The deployment of language i.e. ditch terms like ‘department’ or ‘division’ and replace with ‘team’ or ‘teams’ seldom result in a material benefit. Generally, it is a ploy to delay, distract, disguise real intent. Americans’ are masters of the art form. As an example; should we abandon the term ‘future’ which is a clear, concise projection with ‘going forward,’ we not only introduce a cumbersome discriptive but reduce directional certainty. Future cannot be the past. ‘Going forward’ may well mean retreat or any direction other than current direction. Staff that are beset with uncertainty (by definition “. . . not able to be depended upon.”) Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

  2. [email protected]

    >yet to be told how it will be implemented
    Better to inform staff when it is too late to influence the design?

  3. philro

    Just a further dismantling of the ABC to conform to the Murdoch media empire

  4. Norm

    Yoda hath spoken, lured to the Dark Side by Lord Morlock.

    1. Guy Francis

      Stand strong ABC you’re not always right but you try to shine a light in the dark places we don’t see often,now all you need to do is give Kylie a dramatic role in a TV series šŸ™‚

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