Feeds

ITV reaches for remote by cutting loose techies

Trims UK workforce, looks overseas

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Techies at ITV face an uncertain future after the company's management told staff about plans to "rationalise" and "centralise" the team as well as outsource some IT services.

Workers at the loss-making commercial broadcaster were given the bad news on Friday 16 October by ITV's technology boss Richard Cross.

One anonymous source told The Register that around 200 permanent IT employees and 65 contractors based at sites throughout the UK, including Cardiff, London, Manchester and Birmingham, were affected by ITV's planned cull.

An ITV spokesman confirmed in a statement to us that the firm had been "conducting a cross-company outsourcing project which has focused on a number of key business areas".

ITV's service desk, third line technical support, remote infrastructure management, project administration, application support and maintenance are in the company's sights as possible areas the broadcaster plans to offshore.

"Our technology division was the first department to be reviewed and it has been concluded that the operation should be rationalised and centralised," said the ITV spokesman.

"It is also proposed that a number of technology functions be outsourced to a third party provider."

ITV said it was currently undergoing a "period of consultation" with all affected workers on the tech team.

Earlier this month the struggling TV network appointed John Cresswell as its temporary CEO after outgoing boss and chairman Michael Grade announced plans to step down from the firm later this year.

The broadcaster was hit by a painful drop in ad revenues last year when it reported a net loss of £2.55bn that led to 600 job cuts at the company in March. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.