ABC Lays Off 31 in Broadcast Operations, Engineering
Latest round of cuts represents 5% of 575-person BOE workforce
By Glen Dickson and Marisa Guthrie -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/27/2010 11:52:28 AM
Preston Davis, ABC's president of broadcast operations and engineering, said that the positions eliminated were primarily management positions, mostly at the director or manager level, and were not related to installing new technology such as automation systems.
"We're taking a hard look at job functions, and figuring out what job functions can be consolidated or eliminated," Davis told B&C. "There is no single technology driver for this. We're taking a critical look at the business, as we've been doing for the last decade, so we can work smarter and with fewer people."
BOE plans to eliminate more jobs later this year, bringing the total reduction in staff to about 70 positions. Some of those cuts will involve union positions.
The cuts are the latest round at ABC in New York, the home of the network's news division, which is enduring an ongoing restructuring process.
Layoffs began at the network's Washington, D.C. bureau in 2007. Last spring, about 20 people from the finance and operations units in New York lost their jobs.
In January 2009, 35 staffers were let go at the newsmagazines, News Now and digital as well as marketing, research and sales. Also, 60 unfilled positions were eliminated and political staff hired to cover the 2008 presidential was thinned. Last October, about 20 staffers at ABC News Radio in New York and Washington, D.C. were let go in the division's editorial, production and technical divisions.
And basically. That true more working for broadcast big media will start shrinking. Even ABC dislike VHS, DVD recording and DVR by key providers. The networks are running out of materials, and money.
RVOWNER - 1/28/2010 9:41:54 PM EST
This is the beginning of the end of network television as we have known it for decades. It will reduce to nothing but a paid cable channel or Internet offering. 525 employees for engineering and operations? Expect that number to drop to 150 or less in the next 3 years. Oh, did I mention, bye bye division?
Tammy Jones - 1/28/2010 8:02:10 AM EST
Amen. I am sure house rep. Rick Boucher will want to get online regulated before days in. President Barrack Obama want to create jobs. And ABC played his record backward.. I told a local ABC affiliate Mcgraw Hills was struggling and loosing 27% of there revenue. KERO, KMGH, WRTV AND KGTV will be at odd's.. I called My local hdtv 23 661-637-2320 tell about ABC. Thanks for report B@C.
RVOWNER - 1/27/2010 3:42:05 PM EST
Dear God, This is all because people use the internet to watch shows.
One of these days The FCC will plan to drop the Television Model (including cable) and use the entire spectrum for wireless broadband. Cable companies will drop their cable service and start offering internet service to new customers.
I think this should be a glorius day to end our addictions to TV and Computers, and turn back to the Good Book and the Savior we love.
Josh Taylor - 1/27/2010 2:34:47 PM EST
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