Grant Broadcasters confirms multiple redundancies & pay cuts

Staff Writer
Grant Broadcasters CEO Alison Cameron

Regional radio network Grant Broadcasters has cut some jobs and salaries.

The company’s senior executives have also taken a reduction in their base salaries as it prepares for its advertising revenue to decline a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief executive officer, Alison Cameron, didn’t say how many roles had been made redundant, but she did reassure the industry its people come first.

“Like all other media, Grant Broadcasters is experiencing a significant downturn in revenue as a result of the restrictions placed on businesses and outdoor activities,” said Cameron.

“We have taken prudent measures to ensure that we can retain as many staff as possible through these trying times.

“We are committed to making sure that we give our people the best possible individual support, as well as continuing to provide the most relevant news and content to our local communities.”

The broadcaster is hoping the Government’s latest stimulus package will help it retain staff, but warned that further cuts could be made depending on the announcement.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated the Government will unveil a new wage subsidy plan later today, which reportedly involves paying employers $1,500 per fortnight for each employee they keep on over the next six months.

In further cost-saving measures, Grant Broadcasters has also reduced its number of casual staff, travel and client hospitality.

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Half the story
30 Mar 2020 - 2:06 pm

Let’s not forget also asked staff to take pay cuts reduce hours take leave without pay.

Happy to have a job
30 Mar 2020 - 6:52 pm

As has pretty much every company. I’d be just glad I have a job in radio at the moment than bitching about what they have not given their workers

30 Mar 2020 - 6:55 pm

Why not stand them down? Reemploy after the crisis? That would have the best interests of the industry at heart.

@happy to have a job
31 Mar 2020 - 9:15 am

Didn’t say I wasn’t happy to have a job. But this article is touting the executive as making a huge sacrifice. If we are going to report on it, report on it the way it’s rolling out, the sacrifice is being felt network wide in a company that has revenue, low debt and a lot of assets.

Scott Mac
2 Apr 2020 - 8:10 am

Is this another way of cutting ties with the staff they didn’t want around the network anymore?

Other networks are taking unpaid leave, temporarily standing down staff, salary percentage cuts, etc.

Sounds a bit like a way of doing a ‘clean out’ in some tough times for the industry.

2 Apr 2020 - 11:45 am

Scott, yep sounds a bit like the ABC’s “hunger games” redundancies where they targeted the older, more experienced for “redundancy” and then later hired younger, more impressionable newbies instead …


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