TVNZ moving Good Morning, selling Avalon studio

Last updated 14:36 05/04/2011

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Up to 12 full-time staff may lose their jobs when TVNZ moves its Good Morning show production from Avalon in Lower Hutt to Auckland.

TVNZ announced today that the production would be moved by the end of the year, along with some staff, and also said the Avalon complex would be sold by June 2013 when contracts came up for renewal.

A number of contract workers would also be affected by the move, on top of the 12 full-time workers, and further redundancies were possible depending on the use of the compound after December 2011.

TVNZ Chief Executive Rick Ellis said the move was designed to improve revenue and profitability for the show and this announcement was designed to give staff time to cope.

"We're telling staff now because we want to give people certainty and as much time as possible to make plans," Mr Ellis said.

"The need for Avalon's large studio facilities for local television production has steadily decreased over the years with the outsourcing of programme making and big budget, studio-based, local shows being less profitable to commission."

The company was in early talks with interested parties, both locally and internationally.

The complex includes four purpose-built television studios and a high definition control room, as well as extensive set design and build workshops, wardrobe, make-up and green rooms. There was also an extensive back lot available for production use.

The TVNZ Archive at Avalon would not be impacted by the changes.

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- The Dominion Post

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