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ABC to sack almost 60 roles in its archive department as digital tech takes over

Shocking job losses at ABC: Nearly 60 positions disappear in one department as new technology makes the process ‘more efficient’

The ABC has announced it will lay off 58 people from its archive and research departments.

Many of the jobs are becoming obsolete because new technology has made them obsolete, reports the Australian

However, the ABC says the move will create 30 new roles.

Waving an axe: The ABC has announced it will lay off 58 people from its archive and research departments.  Many of the jobs will be lost because new technology has made them redundant, reports The Australian.  (Pictured: ABC headquarters in Sydney Ultimo)

Waving an axe: The ABC has announced it will lay off 58 people from its archive and research departments. Many of the jobs will be lost because new technology has made them redundant, reports The Australian. (Pictured: ABC headquarters in Sydney Ultimo)

Nothing is known about the ABC yet about how many employees will be offered a redundancy scheme.

An official statement from the public broadcaster on Wednesday states that the ABC is “transforming into a digital-first media organization.”

The new technology has made content collection, management, discovery and reuse more efficient, a spokesperson said.

Transforming to digital: Archives will no longer look like the 1930s as the ABC

Transforming to digital: Archives will no longer look like the 1930s as the ABC “transforms into a digital-first media organization.” The new technology has made content collection, management, discovery and reuse more efficient, a spokesperson said

“We can therefore redesign the way we work to better support content creators as they respond to changing audience needs,” the ABC said.

“This means that some roles are no longer needed, but it also provides opportunities to develop new skills and create new and evolved roles.”

ABC Archives is widely trusted by journalists and filmmakers in Australia and beyond as a premier source of important and often rare historical material.

The ABC’s decision to cut jobs in its records and research departments could cause unrest within the organization, sources said.

Important: Journalists and filmmakers in Australia and abroad rely on ABC Archives as a premier source of important and often rare historical material.  (Pictured: ABC chairman Ita Buttrose in Sydney on July 18, 2018)

Important: Journalists and filmmakers in Australia and abroad rely on ABC Archives as a premier source of important and often rare historical material. (Pictured: ABC chairman Ita Buttrose in Sydney on July 18, 2018)

ABC journalists will no longer have a large team of researchers at their disposal to create stories.

Meanwhile, the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) issued a joint statement criticizing the move.

“The ability to find archival footage and reports underlying everything from TV drama to news radio is much appreciated by other ABC professional staff who don’t have the professional skills to do this work themselves,” they said. .

According to the ABC, 90 percent of ABC’s audio collection and 35 percent of its videotape resources have been digitized. website

Content creators can now access this material from their desktops through the ABC’s Content Digital Archive (CoDA), the broadcaster said.

Progress: Ninety percent of ABC's audio collection and 35 percent of its videotape resources are now digitized.  (Pictured: A stock photo from a movie archive)

Progress: Ninety percent of ABC’s audio collection and 35 percent of its videotape resources are now digitized. (Pictured: A stock photo from a movie archive)

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