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Efficiency, change and pain as ABC staff prepare to walk out the door

Thursday 30 July, 2020

The ABC has been moving ahead with its redundancy process, with the final change proposals sent to staff on 21 July. 

With the expressions of interest in redundancy process now complete, and positions identified for redundancy, the national broadcaster is currently consulting on the proposals with employees and their representatives.

The ABC will be more local, diverse, personalised and capable: MD David Anderson

Saturday 11 July, 2020

ABC Managing Director David Anderson has worked his way up at the national broadcaster since 1989, when he first joined the organisaton as a switchboard operator.

He spoke at the National Press Club this week to push the point about the national broadcaster's value to Australia and also discussed the need for the ABC to be paid by the tech titans for content that appears on facebook and google. Highlights form his speech are below:
 

ABC unveils its five year plan: 250 jobs to go, flagship radio news bulletin axed, changes at ABC Life

Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Up to 250 jobs will go at the ABC as the broadcaster undertakes the biggest shake-up in its 88-year history.

The proposed savings initiatives include:

Hundreds of ABC casual staff have been offered permanent positions

Tuesday 23 June, 2020

The Age is reporting that the ABC has offered hundreds of permanent roles to casual staff even as it prepares to make more than 200 staff redundant because of a budget freeze imposed by the Morrison government.
 
The positions have been offered as the ABC moves toward unveiling its five-year strategic plan, which could be as early as tomorrow.
 

Over 200 jobs could go at the ABC

Wednesday 10 June, 2020

ABC staff have received an email from Managing Director, David Anderson, asking staff to volunteer for redundancies with more than 200 jobs now forecast to go.
 
The budget cut of $84 million is expected to make severe cuts and Anderson has confirmed that he will outline the response to the looming shortfall by the end of the month, telling staff, "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.
 

Anderson and top ABC executives accept a pay cut

Thursday 21 May, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced ABC managing director, David Anderson, and other executives to take a pay cut.
 
According to the SMH, Mr Anderson told staff in an email Wednesday that, by his own request, he will not only take a 5 per cent pay cut, but will also reject a planned 2 per cent pay increase, and that the reduction will remain in place until September.

ABC Radio moves to inform, entertain and educate in the COVID19 crisis

Thursday 02 April, 2020

The ABC's Managing Director David Anderson has outlined how the national broadcaster is keeping the nation informed, educated and entertained in response to COVID-19.

“Clearly, the challenge for the ABC is to continue providing the essential broadcast and digital services all Australians expect of us,” he said.

ABC job cuts postponed as focus shifts to Corona Virus

Thursday 19 March, 2020

The ABC has delayed planned job cuts that were scheduled to be announced later this month, due to the increased workload caused by the Corona Virus.

In a memo to staff, Managing Director David Anderson wrote:

 

Staff cuts are inevitable at the ABC

Wednesday 23 October, 2019

ABC Managing Director, David Anderson, told Senate Estimates last night that he believes there will be job losses due to the Governments freeze on the broadcaster’s budget over the next three years.
 
While acknowledging that this would create a period of uncertainty for staff, he said that while the ABC had been able to find $17 million in savings to date, more work needs to be done.
 

Applications are now open for ABC Advisory Council Chair

Monday 30 September, 2019

 The ABC is inviting applications for a new member of the ABC Advisory Council to perform the role of Advisory Council Chair.

Apart from chairing the Advisory Council meeting, the chair will also meet with the Chair of the ABC Board, Ita Buttrose and Managing Director David Anderson, to discuss the Councils workplan as well as overseeing the guiding recommendations.

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