Newshub’s investigative correspondent, Michael Morrah, reveals plans by staff to counter the proposed closure of the news outlet’s operations, announced abruptly in an emergency meeting. Hundreds of employees face job losses by June.
Morrah and his colleagues are gearing up to present a counterproposal to salvage some form of the news operation. They see this as an opportunity to provide constructive feedback to management and are determined not to surrender without a fight.
Speculation on Counterproposal:
While specifics of the counterproposal are yet to be discussed, the focus remains on preserving some aspect of the news organization. Morrah emphasizes the importance of solidarity among staff members in formulating a viable alternative.
Mark Jennings, former head of TV3 news, suggests significant cost-cutting measures, such as reducing the 6 pm bulletin duration and eliminating foreign correspondents, as potential strategies for Newshub’s survival. The responsibility, he argues, lies with the current owners, Warner Bros Discovery.
Ownership and Proposed Changes:
Warner Bros Discovery, Newshub’s parent company, is pushing for a transition to a digitally-led business model, signaling the closure of its multiplatform news operations. This move would halt all news production, including the Newshub website, by June 30th.
Staff Sentiments and Concerns:
Morrah reflects on the emotional toll the announcement has taken on the newsroom, expressing concern for the financial well-being of younger colleagues and the uncertain future faced by all employees. Despite the challenges, the dedication to journalism remains unwavering.
Potential Job Losses and Consultation Process:
With up to 300 jobs on the line, the consultation period extends until mid-March, with a final decision expected in early April. The company’s substantial loss in the 2022 financial year adds weight to the urgency of the situation.
As Newshub staff navigate through this challenging period, they are united in their determination to explore every avenue to save the news operation. The outcome remains uncertain, but their commitment to preserving quality journalism in New Zealand remains resolute.