Qatar broadcaster cuts jobs in new restructuring round

Dozens of departments and management positions have been merged or eliminated at Al Jazeera Media Network
A general view shows the newsroom at the headquarters of the Al Jazeera satellite channel. (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
Mon 04 Jun 2018 02:04 PM

Al Jazeera Media Network has eliminated some jobs in its latest round of restructuring, trimming the news channel that is at the heart of a yearlong spat in the oil-rich Gulf.

Dozens of departments and management positions have been merged or eliminated, including the heads of technical and editorial standards, training, and other roles across 10 divisions, according to a document dated May 24 signed by Al Jazeera’s acting Director-General Mostefa Souag and seen by Bloomberg. It didn’t provide a total number for jobs lost.

An Al Jazeera spokesman didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5 of last year, accusing the country of financing terrorism and having close ties with Iran. Qatar denies the charges.

The four countries then issued 13 demands that Qatar must comply with to resolve the rift, among them the closing “Al Jazeera and all its affiliates.”

Al Jazeera has been trimming its workforce for at least three years, part of broader cost-cutting measures in Qatar sparked in part by lower oil prices. The network fired about 500 employees and shut down its US television operations in 2016. Al Jazeera employs about 3,000 people, according to its website.

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Last Updated: Mon 04 Jun 2018 02:09 PM GST

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