Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

A ‘slap in the face’ as UTV jobs cull affects presenters

Adrian Logan

Two of UTV’s most popular and long-standing presenters could face diminished roles at the station as part of the recent jobs cull.

Adrian Logan and Pamela Ballantine are two of the latest employees at Havelock House to be affected by a severance scheme, which has already seen well-known names like Jeannie Johnston, Ivan Little and Fearghal McKinney leave.

It is understood that staff were called into separate meetings with management yesterday to discuss their futures at the company, which has seen cuts across all departments, including news, sport and production. Shows like Insight and UTV Life have also been axed.

According to one source, Pamela, who was one of the mainstays of UTV Life before it was chopped, was offered a redundancy package or the option of remaining at the station, as a continuity and weather presenter. It is also understood she was offered the role of ambassador for the company.

Adrian Logan — or Logie as he is known to the viewers — was also offered a package or a role as a cross-platform sports reporter, working from Thursday to Monday each week.

A spokeswoman for UTV said the company did not comment on individual cases.

Neither Pamela nor Adrian were available for comment yesterday.

But a UTV insider said: “Both these presenters have given years of loyalty to UTV and there has been no acknowledgment of that.

“The pair of them have both worked for about 25 years each at UTV and have shown nothing but commitment to the company over the years, so this is a real slap in the face for them.

“Adrian Logan is the face of UTV Sport and will always be Logie to the viewers while Pamela has been part of UTV’s continuing success over the years.”

A former secretary, Pamela began working in UTV in 1983 as a continuity and news reader.

She went on to become one of the best known and best loved faces on local television, presenting both the news and UTV Life.

Adrian Logan joined UTV in 1985 and is currently the sports editor.

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