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ABC News To Cut 20% Non-Union Staff

From CNN’s Money.com:

ABC News to cut 300 positions

By Annalyn Censky, staff reporter February 23, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — ABC News is expected to cut roughly 20% of its staff, the company said Tuesday.

The New York-based media company said the cuts would affect roughly 300 of its U.S.-based employees. Beginning on Wednesday, the company will offer voluntary separation packages to all full-time non-union, non-contract employees.

Notice that even the notorious ‘union busters’ at Disney are afraid to take on the unions in their news division.

In an email sent to staff on Monday ABC News President David Westin, announced a "fundamental transformation that will ultimately affect every corner of the enterprise."

In his email, Westin said the company will "eliminate redundancies wherever possible," combine the weekday and weekend operations for Good Morning America and World News, and rely more on a blend of staff and freelancers for long-form, newsmagazine programming.

By using staff and freelancers Disney avoids having to pay health benefits and pension plans.

‘Don’t do as we do, do as we say.’

Following an example set by Nightline’s production crew, editorial staff will shoot and edit their own material, he said.

That is, until the unions find out.

"When we are finished, many job descriptions will be different, different skill sets may be required, and yes, we will likely have substantially fewer people on staff at ABC News," Westin wrote in the email to staff.

The news comes exactly two weeks after ABC’s parent company, Disney (DIS, Fortune 500) announced strong fiscal first-quarter financials. Revenue in the company’s broadcasting division was up 5% over the year before.

The company said, however, that lower prime-time ratings and advertising rates at the ABC Television Network offset results…

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Times reported that “the final number of job reductions could be between 300 and 400, sources said, a cut that would amount to a quarter of the news division’s staff.”

Meanwhile, what kind of bonuses has Disney handed out lately?

And what does the lovely Dianne Sawyer now make? (Hint: she is said to be earning as much as the perky Katie Couric – that is, $15 million a year.)

Where is the ‘social justice’?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “ABC News To Cut 20% Non-Union Staff”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    This would be the actual fact checkers and investigative journalists.

    The Laputians flappers jobs are quite safe.

    As is rotten, mediocre, trashy television.

  2. proreason says:


  3. P. Aaron says:

    NOT MINE: Perhaps ABC etc. should be charging Dems for the favorable coverage they’ve received over these many years.

  4. Right of the People says:

    ABC is still in business? Who knew? After they lost Monday Night Football I thought they folded. I’m going to have to look in the TV Guide and find out what number their channel is here in my local viewing area.

    The headline: ABC News To Cut 20% of Union Staff
    That would have been news since I can’t remember when a union took a hit.

  5. wirenut says:

    ABC and News in the same sentence? PLEASE! Sawyer wore out her coverage years back with that Olympic sweater. Seeking work, will the kool-aid drinkers start roosting in local climes? I hope not, the influx of progressives to the Midwest is not welcomed. Notice: Pro-Castro-Chavez-Putin-Mao-Pot-Stalin-Lenin-Marx-Muslim jihadists are still on assignment. Then they wonder about viewership and advertising? Haw!

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Did this pass with DingleBarries blessing?
    If ABC reported the news then this would matter.

    Is that barry burning another bridge that I smell?
    Let us hope the unemployed workers don’t take it out on their spouses!

  7. wirenut says:

    LD, visit wirenut’s reveiw of, Reid: Jobless Men Beat Up Their Wives…

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