BFM and RMC’s parent company plans up to 380 job cuts, unions say

One in three employees will have to leave, assess the unions.

NextRadioTV, parent company of BFMTV and RMC, plans to cut 330 to 380 permanent positions as part of a “post-Covid transformation and recovery plan», Announced the intersyndicale of this subsidiary of the Altice group on Wednesday.

«The figure has fallen: one in three employees will have to leave and it is disgusting. The management advances the number from 330 to 380 permanent contracts and up to 200 freelancers and intermittents», Affirms the inter-union CFDT-CFTC-CGT-SNJ-UNSA in a press release. “This drastic cut is incomprehensible in a group that structurally achieves profits“, Underline the representatives of the employees, who will organize a general assembly on Tuesday 23 June.

“Volunteering” phase to start

The parent company of BFMTV and RMC (Altice group) anticipates a collapse in advertising revenue post-health crisis and announced in mid-May a reduction in its workforce, the extent of which was specified Tuesday during negotiations with the unions.

This “post-Covid transformation and recovery planWas presented on May 19 to union representatives. The group, which employs more than 1,600 people (FTE), had stressed that its workforce had increased by more than 50% in the past six years. Negotiations are to continue during the summer.

NextRadioTV plans to halve the use of contract workers, freelancers and consultants and “pool support functions“. The group will also be downsizing in sports and entertainment. The social plan “would begin with a voluntary phase, forced dismissals would only occur if the number of volunteers was insufficient“, Had specified the direction of the group in May.

«Our objective will be to limit as much as possible the impact on permanent positions and to pursue editorial excellence, while developing the technological skills and commercial forces, essential to NextRadioTV“, Had specified the group.

With this strategic shift, NextRadioTV intends to accelerate in digital, replay and “associated services», Which allow chains to be remunerated by telecom operators. The group wants to invest in podcasts, data, and continue its development in local news.

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