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Hong Kong’s DBC Announces 60 Layoffs

Nearly a third of staffers to be laid off despite keeping all seven channels

Hong Kong-based Digital Broadcasting Corporation announced that it would lay off 60 of its 200 member staff in what it calls a “streamline” of its services. The broadcaster announced that it would not cut any of its seven channels.

“Seven channels will remain. Resources will be focused on the development of three of them and dbcTV,” a statement from DBC said.

Around 30 positions are expected to be cut from the radio station’s news department, which will now become a youth-orientated channel with newscasts every half-hour, reports the South China Morning Post. A spokesperson for the station said the changes to Radio News would take effect on Nov. 16. Meanwhile, the station’s Radio Campus, Radio Smiles, Radio Music and Radio Co will only play music, with no DJ or presenter.

This is not the first time DBC has had large layoffs. After launching in 2011, the company laid off its entire staff of 100 people when the station was taken off the air due to a conflict between co-found Albert Cheng King-hon and investor Wong.