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UTV to axe a dozen jobs in wake of takeover

By John Mulgrew

Published 23/07/2016

UTV’s premises at Havelock House
UTV’s premises at Havelock House

Twelve jobs are being cut at UTV six months after it was taken over by ITV, it can be revealed.

The posts will go in the autumn and the company says voluntary redundancy is being offered to "minimise the numbers of compulsory redundancies".

It's understood the jobs are not newsroom-based.

In August the Belfast Telegraph revealed UTV Media plc was selling off its television assets to ITV in a deal worth £100m. The sale was completed in February.

A spokesman for ITV said the company had been reviewing the UTV business since the acquisition and had announced to UTV employees that "we intend to move playout for the UTV service in Northern Ireland to London where our partner Ericsson already provides this operation for more than a dozen ITV regional services and digital channels, ensuring a consistent and efficient transmission model for all of the ITV-owned Channel 3 licences".

The spokesman added: "We aim to make this move in the autumn, but beyond this point we will continue to manage playout of UTV Ireland through to completion of the sale to Virgin and through to the end of the transition period. As a result of these decisions, we are proposing to make 12 roles redundant in the autumn.

"There are also a number of redeployment options, which may provide suitable alternative employment for some roles."

Earlier this month troubled channel UTV Ireland was sold for a second time. The Dublin-based broadcaster is now part of Virgin Media after being sold by ITV for €10m (£8.5m).

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