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TV3 says redundancies are not the start of 'station meltdown'

TV3 has poured cold water on reports that voluntary redundancy has been rolled out for all staff.

Rumours of a "station meltdown"have come in the same week the station lost its GAA broadcasting rights to Sky Sports.

However, the Ballymount broadcaster insisted that fewer than 10 redundancies have been offered across only two departments as part of an annual scheme.

TV3 insisted that staff numbers are up 10pc since last year and said it is enjoying its best quarter in terms of revenue since 2008. The station also confirmed that the redundancies have been lined-up for staff in the content, news and broadcast areas and do not affect any of the station's stars, including Xpose host Karen Koster and broadcaster Vincent Browne.


However, TV3 told the Herald this morning that rumours of a staffing crisis were "completely untrue".

The broadcaster also said it is in a position to hire more staff and is looking to take on more than 100 people for a new serial drama, expected to kick off in 2015.

"Every year TV3 runs limited voluntary leave programmes to generate turnover in areas where we want some flexibility to move people," a spokesperson said.

"In this instance the opportunity to apply for VL [voluntary leave] is opened to two departments and no one has yet been accepted. We expect a very small number of people to get a VL package."

The station confirmed that TV3's head of sales, Dara Byrne, and its head of branded content, Paula McCarthy, have left, but said this will not have any knock-on effects.