Eurobites: Virgin Media Trims UK Headcount

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amazon creates jobs in Europe; Sky clinches Showtime deal; ARCEP warns on removal of roaming charges.

  • UK cable company Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) is to cut 900 British jobs over two years as part of a business reorganization, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Virgin, which has been part of John Malone's Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) empire since 2013, did not say in which department the redundancies would fall. The move contrasts with BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s recent announcement that it was creating 1,000 new contact center jobs in the UK as part of a "reshoring" program. (See Liberty Makes $23.3B Play for Virgin Media.)

  • On a brighter note for European workers, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is to create several thousand new jobs in the region in 2016, reports Reuters. The company is, among other things, expanding its warehousing and delivery network and beefing up its cloud services capabilities.

  • Sky has entered into a long-term licensing agreement with US broadcaster CBS, making the Sky Atlantic channel the exclusive home of Showtime's output in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Forthcoming programs include the return of Twin Peaks, the barmy psychological thriller created by David Lynch, log lady and all.

  • French regulator Arcep has declared its belief that the proposed legal provision that will end roaming fees for French citizens traveling in French overseas territories will "destabilize markets considerably." It believes additional measures would be required to ensure that the move would be economically viable for local operators. The provision is due to come into effect on May 1.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • mendyk 1/25/2016 | 12:44:34 PM
    Re: Sarcastic? Job replacement isn't a zero-sum game, though -- a warehouse gig isn't the same as, say, a desk job. The idea that any job is better than no job at all implies an incredible sense of desperation.
    PaulERainford 1/25/2016 | 4:13:14 AM
    Re: Sarcastic? I take your point, but even an Amazon job is better than no job.
    t.bogataj 1/25/2016 | 3:05:26 AM
    Sarcastic? My goodness -- just how could employment with Amazon mean "a brighter note for European workers"?

    nasimson 1/24/2016 | 5:28:48 AM
    Really? Destabilize market considerably? Really? I think it's just lobbying by local operators including Orange. The similar model is working in EU without destabilizing markets considerably.
    nasimson 1/23/2016 | 5:15:18 AM
    Re: Disappointing to hear about Virgin lay-offs When Virgin Media cable is cutting jobs and Amazon is adding jobs at same time, this is no surprise. The jobs will shift from old media to new media. From old tech to new tech. It has happened in history throughout. It's happening. It will happen again.
    [email protected] 1/22/2016 | 7:26:41 AM
    Disappointing to hear about Virgin lay-offs The devil is in the detail but it's disappointing that Virgin is going to add to the cull of communications services-related jobs in the UK in 2016 -- the combination of BT and EE is likely to result in layoffs too.
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