London – Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) International is restructuring its Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) business after concluding a detailed review of its operations. The new organisational structure is designed to give more operating power and accountability within the regions, as opposed to large central functions. Some functions which can be handled externally at the same quality will be outsourced. The restructuring proposals are currently being consulted upon with the employee base.
The company anticipates a 30% reduction in positions across the EMEA business upon completion of the process. This estimation comprises open headcount, positions that became vacant and are not being reoccupied, redundancies and outsourcing.
“This review required us taking some tough decisions, but they are absolutely necessary to put Turner International in the best possible position for future growth,” said President of TBS International, Gerhard Zeiler. “Greater empowerment and broader accountability for local management will lead to simplified processes throughout the organisation, improved efficiency and reduced costs.”
The restructure is the result of a thorough and carefully considered EMEA-wide review announced in September last year, which has assessed the business at all levels and which saw the UK-based staff placed under collective consultation.