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    Sky production staff braced for redundancies

    This is a discussion on Sky production staff braced for redundancies within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; Lol! Totally forgot about those. More so the football one that was the most talked about. They kept covering the ...

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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      Lol! Totally forgot about those. More so the football one that was the most talked about. They kept covering the rage from Twitter.


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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      Quote Originally Posted by Meteosat View Post
      It's possible that I am not alone in cancelling my SKY Sports package, and thus reducing their income. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall ;-(
      You're definitely not alone and I definitely won't be alone in cancelling the whole lot this time. The value that it might once have had for many has long since gone but Sky don't appear to be able to see that.

      This latest round of massively above inflation price rises and the bull**** excuses being used by Sky to try to justify them will certainly be the straw that breaks the camel's back for many people this time.

      It should be obvious to even the most ardent of idiots out there that the football money has been galloping way out of control for a long time and cannot possibly be allowed to continue the way it is going.

      This time I think Sky have finally killed the golden goose by being downright stupid, being utterly greedy as usual (committing to spend money they don't have) and worst thing of all taking their customers for fools. Do they never learn anything?

      Common sense should dictate that maybe it's finally time for Sky to draw the line in the sand and to renege on this latest deal and for the likes of Wayne and Waynetta Rooney to get used to eating deep fried Mars Bars and chips again?
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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      Well when Sky won the PL rights bid, it was said that Sky had paid about £330m per year more than expected (so that's £990m over the 3 years of the deal).

      And it was said that Sky would try to claw back about £100m per year through incremental price rises and £200m per year through "cost-cutting" (mainly by taking costs out of its non-programming budget).

      Are Sky running such a sloppy ship that they can find savings of £200m EVERY YEAR for 3 years from cost-cutting?
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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      Longer queues waiting for an adviser and more call centre staff moving abroad.

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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      Longer queues waiting for an adviser...
      Perhaps, but hopefully not.

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      ...and more call centre staff moving abroad.
      I most definitely hope that this won't happen.

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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      Sadly it looks like its now happened...

      Sky targets 70 redundancies in production services arm

      Sky targets 70 redundancies in production services arm | Media | The Guardian
      Broadcaster starts consultation with camera, sound and lighting crew, as well as changing work patterns for remaining staff

      About 70 Sky staff in areas such as camera work, sound production and lighting are set to be made redundant by the end of summer as part of a shakeup of the broadcaster’s Production Services division.

      At an “Agility and Flexibility” meeting on Tuesday about 600 staff – two-thirds of the division – were told about the proposed changes by Production Services director Darren Long.

      The division provides studio services across Sky in areas including sport and news.

      A document circulated to staff on Tuesday says: “If all the proposed changes are implemented, then the overall number of roles in Studios would be reduced by 43 and the number of roles in Post Production would be reduced by 29.

      “The number of redundancies would depend on how many people were deployed to other roles at Sky.”

      A 45-day collective consultation process has started, to be followed by individual meetings. It is likely to take more than two months before redundancies are agreed and the process is expected to be finished by September.

      The consultation process could mean fewer jobs are eventually lost, but staff are already being briefed on what redundancy packages will be on offer. The document says the broadcaster is prosing to offer anyone with more than one year’s service an “enhanced” package, but does not “envisage” accepting voluntary redundancies.

      Remaining staff will see changes in working patterns such as the number of weekends they are expected to work.

      Graphic design and makeup are the only areas of the division not facing job losses.

      The changes are understood to be driven in part by the broadcaster’s increasing focus on entertainment content.

      However, some staff believe they are linked to the record £4.18bn Sky spent earlier this year to retain rights to broadcast Premier League football.

      Sky said the changes would bring the division in line with modern working practices and improve conditions.

      A Sky spokesperson said: “We’ve made proposals around how Sky Production Services operates to help meet changing demands in a fast-moving industry.

      “While this is expected to mean a limited number of job reductions, it will also bring a better way of working for many. Our priority now is dialogue with our people during a period of consultation.”

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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      It's funny, I remember when BT Sports first started they were saying how sports fans will benefit from this.

      While I'm generally not a fan of monopolies (and NewsCorp), I think this is one time when competition has definitely not benefited people.

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      Re: Sky production staff braced for redundancies

      Quote Originally Posted by tech3475 View Post
      It's funny, I remember when BT Sports first started they were saying how sports fans will benefit from this.

      While I'm generally not a fan of monopolies (and NewsCorp), I think this is one time when competition has definitely not benefited people.
      Pretty much. Like the power companies, it's a cartel.

      After all, BT, Sky and Virgin makes money from each other. Prices go up, win win for them.


     

     
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