ईटी में खबर छपी- आजतक वाले भी छंटनी करके पैसे बचाने में जुटे

इकानामिक टाइम्स में एनडीटीवी में छंटनी के साथ साथ टीवी टुडे नेटवर्क में छंटनी की भी खबर प्रकाशित की गई है. दोनों खबरें एक ही खबर के साथ कंपाइल है. खबर के मुताबिक एनडीटीवी के मुंबई ब्यूरो में ओवरस्टाफ थी. साथ ही परफारमेंस के कारण मध्य व जूनियर लेवल के लोगों की छंटनी की गई है. इसी तरह आजतक व ग्रुप के अन्य चैनलों में भी छंटनी की जा रही है. संपादकीय से दर्जनों लोगों को निकाला गया है या निकाला जा रहा है. ऐसा आदित्य बिड़ला ग्रुप के साथ समझौते के तहत किया जा रहा है जिसके मुताबिक टीवी टुडे प्रबंधन एक निश्चित आर्थिक लक्ष्य को हासिल करेगा. पूरी खबर इस प्रकार है….

NDTV lays off employees as part of 'resource rationalisation'

13 Sep, 2012

ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: New Delhi Television (NDTV), one of India's oldest private broadcasters, has cut close to 50 employees as part of a 'resource rationalisation' exercise amid talk a similar drive aimed at shaving costs was taking place at another broadcast house – the TV Today Network.

NDTV, which runs the NDTV 24X7 and NDTV Profit news channels, said the exercise has been underway for more than a year and involved a very small number of its nearly 1,800 employees.

"A study undertaken by Ernst & Young found that the Mumbai bureau was extremely overstaffed. We have realigned resources for more efficiency. The number is small and less than 50 people," a spokeswoman said in an emailed response to queries from ET.

Most of the exits have been at the junior to mid levels. Some people have been asked to go for performance-related reasons, while others had to leave after their positions were shifted to Delhi, the group's headquarters, to save on costs. At TV Today Network, which runs Hindi news channel Aaj Tak and English channel Headlines Today, more than half a dozen exits have taken place at senior editorial levels as part of a wider jobs cull that has seen staff numbers being pruned at several bureaus across the country and the closure of the Bhubaneswar bureau, according to two senior executives in the group.

But Ashish Bagga, CEO of the India Today group of which TV Today is part, said there was no large scale layoff plan. "The information is incorrect. We have no plans to lay off any employees at this point in time," he said.

However, one of the executives, who asked not to be named, said job cuts were afoot as part of a drive to reduce costs for the group to adhere to financial milestones agreed with the Aditya Birla group when it bought a 27.5% stake in the company in May this year. As part of this agreement, the Aditya Birla group can raise its shareholding if TV Today fails to achieve the financial milestones, the executives said.

"The company is doing all it can, including manpower cost rationalisation, to achieve those milestones," the source said. TV Today Network is majority owned by Living Media India, the parent company promoted by Delhi-based media entrepreneur Aroon Purie. Channels belonging to NDTV and the TV Today groups compete with the Times Group, which owns the news channels Times Now and ET Now.

Both groups reported wider losses at the end of the April-June quarter.

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