TV exec ankles as strikes continue

Danish topper leaves Danmark Radio

STOCKHOLM — The programming topper of Danish pubcaster Danmark Radio (DR), ankled Thursday, a day after journalists walked off the job to protest against a new wave of job cuts.

Lars Vesterlokke has been at DR for 18 years, the last six as managing director of program production.

He was one of the key players at the company together with general director Kenneth Plummer and media director Lars Grarup and director of economy David Hellemann.

Plummer and Hellemann will take on Vesterlokke’s duties until a replacement is found.

Journalists, technicians and administrative staff went on one-day strike for the third time in six months Wednesday to protest against cuts.

Management has announced 481 job cuts, including 141 immediate dismissals, in a bid to save 287.5 million kroner ($52.6 million) per year from 2008 to 2011.

The cuts were sparked when a new broadcasting HQ went massively over budget, costing $861 million instead of the $549 million that was budgeted, and the government refused to bail the web out.

DR is Denmark’s biggest television and radio broadcaster. Founded in 1925, it has two TV channels and four radio channels.

–AFP contributed to this report..

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