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Press Club of India asks NDTV to clarify its stance on sacking employees

02-January-2018
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Press Club of India asks NDTV to clarify its stance on sacking employees

The Press Club of India has written to Prannoy Roy, Founder-Chairperson, NDTV, to “make the stance of NDTV clear” after the “disturbing reports emanating from the NDTV which refer to massive reduction and lay-offs of employees.”
“As you are aware, the Press Club of India has been in the lead role of organising protest meets whenever NDTV was targeted by the government or curbs were sought to be put on it. The PCI has led the struggle for upholding the freedom of the press and expression. There is considerable concern among journalistic community over the current reported move of your organisation which might have been taken considering economic viability of running the news channel,” the letter further read.
On December 19, 2017 NDTV Group in an official statement to the BSE said “it was considering reduction of workforce upto 25%” and that it will minimise all ancillary businesses that NDTV had expanded into over the last few years.

As a consequence to it, well placed sources in the newsroom told Exchange4Media that the layoffs have already begun and over 300 employees are expected to lose their jobs. The future of NDTV Prime, NDTV Profit and NDTV Good Times is also in jeopardy.

In an internal email, Suparna Singh, CEO, NDTV Group said, “as part of this exercise, top management has taken a pay cut. Several verticals that were created around similar functions have been merged and are already working together for increased efficiency.”

However, when Exchange4Media wrote to NDTV, it refused to talk about the episode beyond what they have told in the press release last week. Hence the exact number of employees being sacked can only be estimated by what the sources have told us.

The sacked employees reportedly have been asked to sign their resignation papers and will be compensated with 3 months’ salary i.e. from 21 December 2017 to 21 March 2018. However, those who were sacked few months back were given 6-9 months’ salary as compensation, a former NDTV employee revealed.

Around 60 video editors and over 40 camerapersons have been asked to resign in the past few months, the now sacked employee told us.

“Jobs have been slashed from almost all departments including. 8-10 from the sports team have also been removed. The show India Matters has been axed and some of those who use to design the sets for We The People have also been asked to leave,” a well placed source in the news channel said.

However, Sonia Singh, Editorial Director, NDTV tweeted, “Not axing India Matters at all,it represents the best of NDTV,we will air best episodes over the years & are hopeful of a new season soon.”

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