Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CUTBACKS HIT VARIETY IN WAKE OF SALE

November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The new owner of Variety has informed its staff that the trade publication is laying off 20-25 people in several of its business units. The figure represents about 12 percent of Variety‘s reported 165-member staff. Word of the layoffs first appeared in a post on Deadline.com, a corporate sibling of Variety, which conspicuously did not […]

AP AND NETWORKS CUTTING BACK EXIT POLLING

October 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The consortium formed by ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC and the AP to poll voters as they exit the voting booth on election night is cutting back this year, reflecting what the AP said was “a growth in early voting and tough economy for the media.” To offset a decrease of in-person exit […]

GOVERNMENT CUTS CANADIAN NETWORK’S FUNDING

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is expected to be hit hard by the decision of the Stephen Harper government to cut funds for itself, Telefilm Canada, and the National Film Board of Canada. The cuts were announced Thursday and will take effect gradually over the next three years. Daily Variety quoted Ian Morrison, spokesman for Friends […]

LATEST BBC NEWS CUTBACKS DECRIED BY JOURNALISTS’ UNION

March 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The British National Union of Journalists has denounced the latest cutbacks at the BBC, which will see 140 jobs eliminated in the news division over the next year. NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet lashed out at BBC director general Mark Thompson, accusing him of engaging in “shabby, behind-closed-doors” dealings with the David Cameron government. “The […]

BBC TO LAY OFF NEARLY 2,000 EMPLOYEES

October 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Forced by government mandate to make drastic cuts, the publicly supported BBC announced today (Thursday) that it will lay off nearly 2,000 employees, produce fewer entertainment TV shows, restrict its expendure on sports rights and apply numerous cutbacks to its radio operations. The cuts are expected to result in a savings of nearly $1 billion […]

BBC TO TIGHTEN ITS PURSE STRINGS

December 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The British government’s new austerity budget, which includes a freeze on the license fees that pay for the operation of the British Broadcasting Corp., will require significant cuts in the BBC’s budget, the chairman of the BBC Trust has told the London Financial Times. “Let us not be under any misapprehension: the notion we can […]

CBS NEWS HITS ALLEGATIONS THAT IT’S COLLAPSING

September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Allegations appearing Thursday in Tina Brown’s TheDailyBeast.com that CBS News was in a virtual state of collapse as a result of massive cutbacks were later branded as “outright fabrications and distortions” by a CBS News spokesperson. Speaking to the Mediaite.com website, the spokesperson took aim at two assertions in the article that CBS News staffers […]

MORE CUTBACKS IN STORE AT CBS NEWS

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

With ratings for The CBS Evening News falling to their lowest level in more than 20 years and ratings for The CBS Early Show stagnating, CBS News is planning another round of drastic cutbacks, according to Tina Brown’s TheDailyBeast.com, which quoted unnamed senior staffers, including one who called the atmosphere at the news division “sepulchral.” […]

ABC NEWS ELIMINATES A QUARTER OF ITS EMPLOYEES

April 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC News’s latest round of staff cutbacks — the most stringent in its history — ended on Tuesday with the firing of 22 employees after more than 300-400 other staffers and contract employees agreed to take voluntary buyouts, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday), citing a source familiar with the process. The number who […]

STUDY: FIRINGS SLOW IN TV NEWSROOMS

April 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A study conducted by the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and Hofstra University has found that 400 local TV journalists lost their jobs in 2009 — a relatively small drop compared with the previous year when some 1,200 were laid off. According to the study, 60 percent of news directors polled said they do not […]