40 lose jobs as Reuters TV retrenches

Forty staffers have losttheir jobs as Reuters Television (formerly Visnews) cut staff as part of a streamlining process to concentrate on supplying TV news.

Seventy-seven positions were eliminated at the news agency, but some of those were unfilled.

The layoffs mostly affect technical personnel involved in areas such as cassette syndication and tape duplication. The casualties also include two news researchers, a translator and a news archivist.

A Reuters spokesman said there will be no compulsory redundancies before Sept. 30, in the hope that some staffers will opt to leave voluntarily in the interim.

However a spokesman for the technicians’ union BECTU pledged to fight any redundancies and said members would meet Aug. 16 to decide whether to vote on industrial action.

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