Report: ABC poised for job cuts

Report: ABC poised for job cuts

ABC is expected to announce up to 100 job cuts today, according to Guardian Australia.

The publication reports that some ABC staff have been briefed on meetings with management ahead of its major internal restructuring announced last month.

The cuts are the first mass job losses at the company since 2020, when ABC cut 250 employees across its news, entertainment and regional divisions.

A major restructuring of ABC was announced last month in which Chris Oliver-Taylor oversaw the new ABC Content division with Justin Stevens as head of News, including regional offices.

Anderson foresaw that the restructuring would lead to layoffs in both management and personnel.

“Change is never easy,” chief executive David Anderson said in May. “Clearly this restructuring is impacting some of our leaders. In that case, we will try to redeploy as many affected employees as possible. But we expect there will be some layoffs and consultations are underway with the leaders who have been affected.”’

The new structure will come into force on 1 July.

ABC also announced a new five-year plan last week, diverting resources away from traditional broadcasting towards enhancing digital platforms ABC iview, ABC Listen and ABC News.

ABC declined to comment.