ABC News to Offer NABET Employees Buyouts
Staff reduction in technical positions a continuation of 25% newsroom cut
By Marisa Guthrie -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/5/2010 12:08:48 PM
More technical jobs have become redundant as news programs, including local newscasts and some national broadcasts transition to automated control rooms with robocams instead of directors, for instance.
ABC News is installing an automated control room at its 66th Street studio. ABC flagship O&O WABC already has an automated control room.
The buyouts are expected to be complete by the end of the year.
In February, ABC News announced a "transformation" of the news division and the elimination of up to 400 employees. Many of those eliminations came through voluntary buyouts.
Interesting article, though I doubt that robocams are replacing directors as stated. Control room crews are being replaced by automated systems like Ignite which put everything in the director's lap. Ropbocams, on the other hand, allow one controller to run multiple robotic cameras from a central location.
Bill Clarke - 10/6/2010 6:09:37 AM EDT
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