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More than a quarter of UTV staff face redundancy

As many as 43 positions could be made redundant at UTV

MORE than a quarter of jobs are at risk of redundancy at UTV, its owners ITV has said.

It wants to make around 43 redundancies at Havelock House and UTV's base south of the border, as it rationalises resources followings its takeover of the firm earlier this year.

ITV bought the television assets of UTV - which included its UTV Ireland channel in the Republic - for £100 million in March.

It is already in talks to sell off the UTV Ireland station to Virgin Media.

In a statement, ITV said: "We have today updated staff on the latest integration and restructuring plans, as well as the proposed sale of UTV Ireland to Virgin Media, which regrettably means that a number of roles are at risk of redundancy."

It added that there were eight redeployment opportunities on offer for staff meaning a potential 35 job losses from the 138-strong UTV workforce.

The sale of UTV to ITV followed haemorrhaging losses at at its television station south of the border.

Launched in a blaze of publicity in January last year, the channel failed to win over as many viewers as expected.

What remained of the UTV Media group following the sale was renamed Wireless Group and has subsequently been sold to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

It includes a string of local radio stations including U105 as well as national channel TalkSport.

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