ABC to cut 200 management jobs in major shake-up

Managing Director of The ABC Michelle Guthrie
Managing Director of The ABC Michelle Guthrie AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie has announced up to 200 staff in management positions will leave the public broadcaster by June this year as part of a major restructure to make room for a $50 million Content Fund.

Ms Guthrie said the Content Fund would be established using savings from staff reductions.

"The Fund enables us to respond with flexibility and speed to shifting audience trends and to extend our reach and engagement, especially with audiences who are infrequent ABC users," Ms Guthrie said.

"Transformational change over the next year is essential if the ABC is to realise its full potential. Change that strengthens the organisation, empowers our people and delivers long-term results for audiences."

Meanwhile, 80 new positions will be created in regional areas within 18 months. The ABC said these positions will be aimed at "increasing the ABC's digital and video output from rural and regional Australia".

A major internal restructure is also underway, with the number of main divisions to be cut from 14 to eight.

It was also announced that David Anderson, who previously served as the broadcaster's director of corporate strategy and planning, has been appointed Director of ABC Television.

Topics:  business

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