Channel Nine’s Darwin staff have been assured no jobs would be lost if the station was taken over by Alice Springs-based Imparja.
The Northern Territory News understands the Nine Network wants to retain the same staffing levels as a condition of a proposed sale.
The newspaper reported on Friday that a takeover could see the station’s local news service cancelled and most of the production and editorial staff replaced by a small Darwin news bureau. NTD employs 46 people including journalists, production staff, sales and camera operators.
Nine’s Darwin general manager Andy Bruyn is believed to have spoken to staff and assured them that no jobs would be lost.
The Australian newspaper yesterday quoted a Nine source “close to the negotiations” confirming that Imparja had put forward an offer to buy Nine’s Territory Television.
The source said a cost-cutting drive by Nine was not behind the deal. “We weren’t in the market to sell this asset,” the source told the paper. “… Imparja made the approach.”
The Australian reported that Nine expects to have a formal position on the offer by the end of this week. But the NT News believes any announcement may still be weeks away.
Source: Northern Territory News