Premier League Productions is set to lay off a host of journalists and broadcasters as part of a massive staff overhaul next season.
The first major international broadcaster is set to make a huge shake-up as a number of staff and freelancers have been notified via Zoom that they are no longer needed, in accordance with the Daily Mail. The source added that an insider told them “roughly” as production prepared a major overhaul of their service.
At the start of the 2022/23 season, the broadcaster is moving away from its normal service, where it would typically provide match analysis and reaction and will embark on what has been described as “timeless digital content”. These changes mean that some of the usual presenters and reporters won’t be needed.
Camera operators and logistics staff were also told that their contracts would not be renewed or that their hours would be significantly reduced. This is a major overhaul of a hugely popular service worldwide across multiple continents and the UK.
“A lot of people who work four or five days a week have been told they won’t be needed next season, or maybe just for matchdays and pressers,” a source told the Mail.
The same person added that they knew something was coming when a huge Zoom call was arranged. This was followed by further appeals to the many affected to sketch out a bleak future. “It was brutal,” they claimed.
Mark Pougatch and Kelly Cates are among those high profile journalists who have worked with the productions in the past. James Richardson and Seema Jaswal were also involved in the joint operation, which produces and distributes all Premier League international programming, including broadcasts of all 380 matches.
A spokesperson for IMG said: “Premier League Productions aims to deliver the best possible programming to international broadcasters and football fans around the world.
“Together with the Premier League, we regularly review our content portfolio and evolve our offering for next season. As a result, there have been some small changes to the staff structure to meet new operational requirements.”