Ten asks staff to reduce work hours

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 3 April 2020

Ten is asking staff to work less hours and take annual leave following the Easter break to deal with the pandemic’s hit to its business.

In an email to staff, ViacomCBS EVP and chief content officer Beverley McGarvey, asked staff to work nine-day fortnight from April 20, while those with built up leave have been asked to take a longer break over Easter. The network is also allowing more staff to temporarily shift to part-time.

“Despite more viewers turning to television for the latest news, information and entertainment that we provide, our business has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” McGarvey said.

“It has clearly affected our day-to-day operations, at least temporarily.

"During this time, we must continue to work together to maintain our news functions and broadcast operations, not only for us as a business but for the greater community.”

The new measures, aimed at minimising “workforce impacts”, will be in place until June, at which time the strict lockdown measures in place across Australia are expected to ease.

The network will also shut from April 14-17, with the exception of 10 Daily, News, Studio 10, The Project, broadcast operations and engineering, as well as a skeleton staff.

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