Cuts part of planned restructuring

ABC News will trim 35 jobs as part of a divisionwide restructuring that also will include the reallocation of resources to digital from traditional broadcast.

In a memo to the news division, ABC News prexy David Westin outlined what he called a “two-year process to take a fresh look at ABC News from top to bottom.”

“We will be consolidating some operations, we will be asking some of you to take new assignments, and, yes, some positions will be lost where that makes sense,” Westin wrote.

Westin declined to comment further, and ABC News did not say how much money the network hopes to save as a result of the cuts. Net also declined to say which particular shows would be affected.

Announcement comes a year after NBC embarked on the restructuring of NBC News as part of CEO Jeff Zucker’s NBC 2.0 initiative, which resulted in dozens of cuts from “NBC Dateline” and the shedding of some big-money contracts in anchors John Seigenthaler and Stone Phillips.

An ABC News exec said total jobs affected, including cuts and those shifted, would be less than 100. Westin said the network is hiring new correspondents in India, Australia, Iran and Brazil.

ABC News is reducing its news programming next year, converting “Primetime” to a series of specials rather than a weekly show.

ABC News’ “20/20″ returns next season, and the net is going to experiment with “iCaught,” a magazine show based on user-submitted video, in a six-week run at the end of the summer.

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