ABC to Move 300 Sydney Employees from Ultimo Headquarters West to Parramatta | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The ABC will move 300 employees west to the Sydney suburb of Parramatta as part of a plan to have 75% of journalists and producers work outside Ultimo city center by 2025.
The ABC has been criticized for being too focused on the needs of the inner city public and this move is an attempt to be more “connected and relevant” for all Australians.
When the move was reported last year, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher welcomed the idea of the broadcaster relocating its base from central Sydney.
The move is part of a five-year plan announced last year when ABC sought to close a budget deficit of $ 40 million a year.
The long-term plan says that “significant funding cuts” since 2014-15, and a 2019-20 indexation break, “must be absorbed as the CBA grapples with further pressure on financial institutions. costs ”.
The move west will result in the rental of vacant space to Ultimo, which would bring in around $ 4 million per year.
“Parramatta is a great place for journalists and producers who travel to both the city and western Sydney,” ABC said. “It will be easier to engage with more parts of Sydney than is currently the case with Ultimo headquarters. This move will strengthen ABC’s ability to achieve its goal of being more relevant to more Australians. “
About 200 journalists and content creators from the news, regions, radio, television and entertainment divisions will be among those moving in 2024, with the rest coming from the ranks of support staff.
“With rapid changes in our industry, our technology and the way we work, this initiative is an opportunity to create a new and contemporary working environment with the latest technology,” ABC CEO David Anderson said on Wednesday. “The new facilities will need radio and television studios and a public space for community engagement.
Parramatta Mayor Bob Dwyer said it was “fantastic news” that the ABC was moving its staff to “the center of global Sydney”. “We are one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, so it makes sense that the national public broadcaster is located close to the action,” said Dwyer.
The ABC says “many staff” have already indicated their willingness to move to Parramatta, but it remains to be seen how popular it will be with staff who live in the city center.
“This initiative is only part of the CBA’s plans to locate more content creators closer to the communities they serve,” the CBA said. “Over the next few months, the ABC will continue to consider a range of options with respect to its real estate properties, operations and production in other state capitals and in the Australian region.”