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MTV: ‘no similar plans’ to restructure Asia operations after cut backs in Australia

MTV logoMTV’s Asia operations will not be affected by a restructure of the entertainment channel’s Australian arm, the company has said.

News emerged today that MTV is to move most of its broadcasting function out of Australia to the UK, leaving only a sales, marketing and advertising presence on the ground locally.

Of MTV’s 100 staff in Australia, 15 people working in programming, production, creative, production management, research, operations and acquisitions will lose their jobs.

Adeline Ong, senior director, corporate communications, Asia, for Viacom International Media Networks, which owns MTV, told Mumbrella: “Australia is structured under the UK geographical cluster, so this change is unrelated to the Asia operations.”

“At this stage, there are no similar plans made in Asia,” she said.

News of the Australia cut-backs comes four months after rival regional broadcaster Turner announced it was to make 30 per cent of its staff redundant at its regional hub in Hong Kong.

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