Delhi: Indian broadcaster New Delhi Television (NDTV) has
cut down on its staff strength, mostly in Mumbai.
Group CEO KVL Narayan Rao told Indiantelevision.com that only
around 40 people, most of them from Mumbai had been asked
to go out of a total workforce of 1800 members.
said this step had been taken only where "we found we
were over staffed, and to build a more robust organisation."
had been reported in the media that this step was taken by
the broadcaster in order to curtail costs. Reacting to this
Rao said, "We would have taken this step even if we had
achieved great profits. It is the part of every vibrant organisation
to trim itself from time to time."
spokesperson from the broadcaster confirmed that 40 to 50
people from its Mumbai bureau had been given the pink slip
after Ernst and Young reported that it was over staffed. "In
April, we had identified the people who had to be laid off
and had given them options to either change their post/position
or their city. It is only after they have refused to do either
that we have taken this step," the spokesperson informed.
is learnt that apart from its internal study, NDTV had also
sought the help of Ernst & Young to make suggestions to
make the organization more vibrant.
employees that have been asked to leave are all from the junior
to mid level in the hierarchy.