It is expected that jobs will be lost in the ABC's Tasmanian newsrooms, following the announcement this week that up to 250 of the broadcaster's employees nationwide would be let go under a new five-year plan.
Due to the federal government's indexation freeze, the national broadcaster says its budget has been cut by $84 million over three years, with a continuing reduction of $41 million per year from 2022, forcing the need for efficiencies.
Adam Portelli, the director of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance's Victorian and Tasmanian branch, said the decision was "likely to impact jobs in Tasmania".
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"We're still working through exactly what the impact means," he said. "But the assurances that we're seeking is that it doesn't affect the news that Tasmanians currently enjoy and rely on and that it doesn't mean additional work for those people that remain working at the ABC."
"It's obviously highly disappointing that, in the midst of a crisis in regional journalism, the federal government has seen fit to double down on its cuts to the ABC, which are going to affect access to journalism in the regions, including in Tasmania."
One ABC journalist said the loss of the 7:45am radio news bulletin - one of the major casualties of the restructure - was of particular concern to the broadcaster's Tasmanian staff.
"It's one less platform for Tasmanian news," the journalist said.
"There's always a concern when mainland offices direct cuts that there hasn't been enough thought given to how regional audiences consume news.
"[It's] obviously worrying we'll be losing several of our colleagues, too."
An ABC spokesperson said the broadcaster had not publicly released a detailed regional breakdown of where jobs would be cut.
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