400 jobs could go at Australian broadcaster as budget cut bites

400 jobs could go at Australian broadcaster as budget cut bites
24 November 2014


400 jobs could go at Australian broadcaster as budget cut bites - © Paul Miller, EPA

Sydney (dpa) - More than 400 staff could lose their jobs at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) after the government cut its budget by 4.6 per cent, the public-funded broadcaster said Monday.


ABC managing director Mark Scott told staff about 10 per cent of them face potential redundancy as regional offices are closed. As part of wider cost savings, the government is cutting the ABC budget by 254 million Australian dollars (221 million US dollars) over five years.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has said the cuts are retaliation for unfavourable coverage of the government. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said ABC "takes everyone's side but Australia's" in its news coverage.

Source: dpa.