ITV opens voluntary redundancy programme

Back in July ITV stated that 40 out of 100 online editorial jobs were at risk as it planned to split its digital division into three areas: online products, editorial, and business planning.

It has now been revealed that the broadcaster has opened a voluntary redundancy programme for regional news staff as part of cost-cutting measures.

The two-week redundancy window opened on Friday 7 September following a memo sent to staff with the news that there would be fewer editorial roles in ITV regional news and that cuts were necessary to allow for continued investment. However there was no specification as to how many positions were at risk.

Speaking to the Guardian on accusations from Bectu, the broadcasting union, that ITV was backing away from its commitment to news a spokeswoman said: "ITV is absolutely committed to continuing to broadcast a high-quality, accurate and impartial news service, as we do at present. Our priority is to continue to invest in regional news on an economically sustainable basis.

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