Nzoom staff await word on their fate

If your nzoom job is closely linked to one of TVNZ's TV programmes, you stand the best chance of hanging on to it beyond October.

The fate of the 60 staff employed at TVNZ website nzoom will be worked out during a “consultation process” begun yesterday.

TVNZ content manager Stephen Smith says the jobs that are least threatened are those which clearly “complement and extend” online the broadcaster’s TV programmes. He won’t be drawn on what content will be dumped, but says news, sport and “other existing content that currently supports the onscreen offering” will remain.

The site will, for example, continue to cover sports that don’t make it on to TV, he says.

Nzoom staff – excluding producers Glyn Jones and Holly Knill, who are away -- learnt the news yesterday morning that their site will become extinct by October, to be replaced by tvnz.co.nz. Many adjourned to the pub following the announcement by TVNZ boss Ian Fraser and Smith.

Smith won’t speculate on how many jobs might be lost through the conversion of the site from a standalone portal to the home page of TVNZ. “There is likely to be some effect on the around 60 people now working for nzoom.com,” he says in a story on the site.

Smith says infrastructure changes are also in the works to improve speed and ease of access to TVNZ’s online content.

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