Over 200 redundancies expected to sweep the ABC this month
Shrinking budgets for the government-funded ABC means about 250 jobs could be scrapped by the end of June, in a bid meet a $41 million annual shortfall.
The job losses will be spread across the ABC’s national news, entertainment, specialist and regional content divisions, according to Guardian Australia.
In an email to staffers on Tuesday (June 10), managing director David Anderson explained the budgetary woes and asked employees for expressions of interest for redundancy.
“The budget challenge presented to us by the indexation pause remains and we will also need to finalise savings initiatives to meet this challenge,” Anderson said.
“The budget gap of $41 million per annum means that, despite our best efforts, some of our services will be affected and, regrettably, there will be redundancies.
“We will provide more information about these changes when we share the five-year plan.”
The five-year plan for Aunty, that Anderson refers to, was originally scheduled for releases in March but was held back as the global pandemic hit.
“This has been an arduous year already for all of us and I’m conscious of how many of you must be feeling right now given the uncertainty across our industry and the broader economy,” he said.
The ABC has lost $783 million in government funding since the Coalition came to power in 2014, including the $84 million that was slashed in 2018.