ABC: 400 plus positions could be lost

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ABC Managing Director Mark Scott has announced that more than 400 people or close to 10% of ABC staff could face the chop.

The options for the ABC include potential redundancies, management restructuring, down grades of sites from Metro to Regional and assets sales amongst the list according to reports.

While TV is hit with a number of shows slated for a shake-up, radio doesn’t miss out either.

Current acting head Michael Mason has been appointed the new Director of Radio for the ABC. Michael will no doubt oversea a number of changes slated for ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National and ABC Classic FM. Mark Scott said: "His long leadership experience across many of the Radio networks makes him perfectly qualified for the job."

The first cuts announced include News Radio moving from "radio" to the ABC New Division and ABC Classic FM having a number of its concerts it normally records reduced. 

Upto 5 small ABC regional outposts are also slated for closure across the country, those include  Wagin, Morwell, Gladstone, Port Augusta and Nowra.

Mark Scott has been quoted in the media telling ABC staff this morning: “We regard the changes as vital to securing the long-term health of the organisation but I acknowledge that is no comfort to those who will lose their positions.”

Mark Scott went on his address to say:

“The message I will convey, both internally and externally, over the next few weeks is that the ABC cannot stand still and run the risk of becoming less relevant and compelling to this and future generations,”

“What we are doing today is in the best interests of the ABC and its many stakeholders. It is designed to position the organisation for the future. Working together, we can be confident in our ability to see through these changes and to build a stronger ABC.”

You can view Mark Scott's Full Statement here.

Picture Source: ABC News

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