AFTRA, TV nets reach deal on news staffers

Pact subject to ratification by rank-and-file

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has reached a tentative contract deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for network TV news anchors, correspondents and news service personnel.

Pact, covering about 200 employees, is subject to resolution of network radio issues with ABC and CBS, and to ratification voting. Deal comes nearly four months after the Nov. 15 expiration of the current contract, which has been extended.

No further details were disclosed because both sides have agreed to maintain a news blackout until radio negotiations conclude. In mid-November, AFTRA disclosed that progress had been achieved after half a dozen sessions but that major issues, such as severance pay and Internet jurisdiction, had not been resolved.

Web concerns

AFTRA sought Internet coverage to prevent the emergence of a second tier of Web broadcasters not under its jurisdiction, while the nets argued that Web work was simply a money-losing promotional tool that should not be covered. “What we fear,” AFTRA negotiators said prior to the talks, “is that the companies will pay the Web broadcasters far less than we get paid, lower the market rate for broadcasting jobs and then come to us to cut our salaries.”

AFTRA has said that once network news talks conclude, it plans to launch negotiations for several hundred reporters at network-owned stations in Gotham, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. The pacts, which expired Nov. 15, are negotiated on a market-by-market basis.

More TV

  • One Day At A Time, Vida

    How 'Vida' and 'One Day at a Time' Make the Political Personal (Column)

    The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has reached a tentative contract deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for network TV news anchors, correspondents and news service personnel. Pact, covering about 200 employees, is subject to resolution of network radio issues with ABC and CBS, and to ratification voting. Deal comes nearly four months […]

  • THE PROPOSAL on ABC

    ABC Pulls 'The Proposal' Episode Following Sexual-Assault Allegation

    The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has reached a tentative contract deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for network TV news anchors, correspondents and news service personnel. Pact, covering about 200 employees, is subject to resolution of network radio issues with ABC and CBS, and to ratification voting. Deal comes nearly four months […]

  • Laura Dern, Jayme Lemons’ Jaywalker Pacts

    Laura Dern, Jayme Lemons’ Jaywalker Inks First-Look With Platform One Media

    The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has reached a tentative contract deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for network TV news anchors, correspondents and news service personnel. Pact, covering about 200 employees, is subject to resolution of network radio issues with ABC and CBS, and to ratification voting. Deal comes nearly four months […]

  • TIMELESS -- "The General" Episode 209

    ‘Timeless’ Canceled (Again) by NBC

    The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has reached a tentative contract deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for network TV news anchors, correspondents and news service personnel. Pact, covering about 200 employees, is subject to resolution of network radio issues with ABC and CBS, and to ratification voting. Deal comes nearly four months […]

  • Conecta Fiction: ’Skam’ Initiates International Rollout

    Conecta Fiction: 'Skam' Initiates International Rollout

    The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has reached a tentative contract deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for network TV news anchors, correspondents and news service personnel. Pact, covering about 200 employees, is subject to resolution of network radio issues with ABC and CBS, and to ratification voting. Deal comes nearly four months […]

  • vice_logo

    New Staff Shakeup as Vice Restructures Its U.K./EMEA Studios, TV Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

    The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has reached a tentative contract deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for network TV news anchors, correspondents and news service personnel. Pact, covering about 200 employees, is subject to resolution of network radio issues with ABC and CBS, and to ratification voting. Deal comes nearly four months […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content