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Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, will sack 37 staff from its technology team, saying it would "prioritise digital products, content management and core technology capabilities, in line with the Investing in Audiences strategy".

In a statement, the organisation said the remaining technology staff would be folded into a Product and Content Technology team, which would include people who had expertise in product, design and development.

It said that under the proposal, the ABC would "double its investment in digital products for audiences, to recognise the shift from broadcast to digital platforms".

"The proposal also includes a flatter structure to enable faster and more streamlined decision-making and accountability."

ABC chief digital and information officer Helen Clifton claimed this would strengthen the ABC’s ability to deliver more to audiences.

“These are hard decisions, but the right ones to guarantee the ABC remains properly equipped, now and into the future, with so many rapid changes in technology,” she said.

“This proposal will ensure we are a future-focused media organisation able to meet changing audience expectations and will strengthen our commitment to delivering outstanding content and media experiences to Australian audiences.”

The ABC has suffered a drop in funding in the recent Federal Budget, losing about $84 million due to a freeze in indexation.

Prior to this, the Coalition Government has cut a total of $254 million from the ABC since 2014.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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