FOX Sports News posts redundanciesBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 19th March 2020 at 2:29pm
Some of FOX Sports News’ staff are being let go.
A Foxtel Group representative said the redundancies are slated to take place at the end of the month and were considered because of customer viewing issues, but denied the COVID-19 situation had anything to do with it.
“Customer viewing now peaks in the morning and evening with low daytime viewership, therefore we are going to focus on delivering live sports news and the channel’s marquee programs, including AFL Tonight, NRL Tonight and Cricket AM, during those peak periods,” the official said.
“Unfortunately, less live sports news programming will mean a number of redundancies from the Fox Sports News team. Where possible we will seek to redeploy employees across the Foxtel group. The decision is not about the coronavirus and its impact on sport. It simply reflects fewer viewers, particularly away from peak times – and the very soft advertising market.”
Presenter/reporter/producer Christian Jantzen was left distraught on Twitter upon being informed he is one of the employees to go, having been previously made redundant by Sportsbet and the former Macquarie Radio. He had been with FOX Sports News since January 2020.
“Honestly, no hard feelings towards any of the three...it’s just bad luck,” he said.
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