Doomwatch: Layoffs/Pay Caps From Channel 4, Johnston, Publicis


More doom and gloom in the UK media on the snowiest day in 18 years…

Channel 4: The broadcaster has frozen all staff pay for this year as it faces a £150 million shortfall by 2012. Last week, Times Online revealed how nearly one in eight C4 staff earn six-figure salaries. But the pay cap was introduced in November. C4 has now won a form of support in Ofcom’s recent PSB review, likely allying with BBC Worldwide or Five, and through Digital Britain’s reinforcement of Ofcom’s suggestions. Via

Johnston Press: Regional newspaper restructuring continues unabated, as Johnston Press centralises its North West subbing operations with the loss of up to 12 jobs. Sub-editors from titles in Burnley, Wigan and elsewhere are to be moved to JP’s flagship Lancashire Evening Post title in Preston. It is the third Johnston region after Midlands and Northern Ireland to have its production staff moved to a central office to save costs. From PG.

Publicis: Fallon, the marketing shop owned by the France-based marketing group, is laying 10 off from its London HQ, staff learned Friday, Campaign reports. That’s after Omnicome laid off 11 from TBWA, 16 from DDB and others from AMV. Fallonn chairman Laurence Green said he’s “reshaping, not downsizing”, the group.

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