Two major Australian media companies, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the News Corp Australia, were both set to cut jobs further to save the cost, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported on Tuesday.
To meet the Australian federal government’s budget cut, the ABC management said they were prepared to cut more than 200 positions across all divisions in the company, with voluntary redundancies offered to its staff.
“The budget gap of 41 million Australian dollars (28 million United States dollars) per annum means that despite our best efforts some of our services will be affected and, regrettably, there will be redundancies,” ABC‘s managing director David Anderson said.
“As we finalise those change proposals, we have decided to provide employees in divisions where it is anticipated that more than 10 redundancies will be required with an opportunity to express an interest in redundancy.”
Meanwhile, staff at News Corp Australia are told at the same day to expect dozens of jobs to be axed as the company will merge the production and editorial positions in its two metropolitan newspapers, The Daily Telegraph in Sydney and The Herald Sun in Melbourne.
The company’s national newspaper, The Australian will also cut “a small number” of staff but likely to keep its’ editorial positions separate from metropolitan papers.
Australia‘s media sector has gone through widespread job cuts and closure in recent months with hundreds of jobs lost during the process.