Up to 250 staff will be made redundant as the ABC seeks to meet a “budget shortfall”, Managing Director David Anderson says.
Mr Anderson said the redundancies and savings would be felt across every division of the ABC.
“We anticipate we may farewell as many as 250 colleagues through this process,” he said in a staff briefing.
The ABC has long been criticised by the federal Coalition politicians for being too Sydney-centric.
“To be more relevant we need the ABC to be in more communities,” Mr Anderson said.
“This is a difficult time for everyone. But the changes we have announced today are necessary to ensure the continuation of the essential services we provide in an increasingly challenging global media market.
“The changes we make today will strengthen our position for the next five years and beyond.”
Up to 250 ABC jobs to go, programs axed, to deal with budget shortfall https://t.co/Tvn8v3LTO1
— ABC News (@abcnews) June 24, 2020
Big changes at aunty:
– 250 jobs going
– 7:45 radio news bulletin axed
– ABC Life axed
– More staff outside Ultimo (aiming for 75%)
– 25% reduction in travel budget
– moving from broadcast to on demand (no broadcast services cut just yet, but on the cards)
— Ashlynne McGhee (@ashmcghee) June 24, 2020
A few months ago, online news site Buzzfeed closed its Australian operations, and Network 10 shut down its website 10Daily.