The Australian Broadcasting Corp. will reduce 10 percent of its workforce, approximately 400 jobs, according to an announcement posted on its website and credited to Managing Director Mark Scott. Additionally, the national broadcaster will enact other strategies to promote efficiencies across the board.
The organization will shutter five of its smallest regional radio locations, in Wagin, Morwell, Gladstone, Port Augusta and Nowra.
In order to retain and attract listeners, the ABC says it will put new focus on digital media. It plans to create a personalized streaming radio platform and to extend streaming to regional listeners.
Scott says these additional measures are in response to the government’s funding cuts.
Last week the federal government said that the national broadcaster will lose more than $200 million in funding over the next four years, in addition to cuts announced in May 2014.