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oh well...

It's been confirmed. Mediaworks & Mediacorp has merged & it is called Mediacorp TV Holdings. It's back to monopoly days again. Ch U will still continue but Ch i's viability will be reviewed. I guess the latter's days is doomed. Today & Streats will merge too and Today will incorporate Streats' name i in its masthead. Mediacorp will run the paper with it's 60% share in Mediacorp Press and remaining 40% owned by SPH. You can probably catch it on the news ticker on cna.

A manpower taskforce will be set up to understake a 'staff rationalisation' exercise. So currently, no one knows how many jobs will be affected but I'm sure it will be substantial even though it was said that they will try to preserve as many jobs as possible. Some of my colleagues here are discussing whether they can opt for the retrenchment benefits especially for those who has worked more than 3 years. The rest are wondering when the dreaded 'list' will be out.

Everyone here's on ROD mood already. Lotsa mixed feelings. Of course most of us here were expecting it already. I do feel for those who'd been here since the start of the station. It has been a turbulent 4 years for them and after all their hardwork and sweat, it has come to this. They deserved better but unfortunately, in 'war', only 1 will emerge victorious.

I've only been here for a mere 2+ months so I can't identify with what most of them are feeling. Of coz I feel shitty lah! I do enjoy the job and the company of the colleagues. Most of the people here are really friendly and easy to get along with. Gonna be really sad man..*sigh*

Oh well..que sera sera~
Better start scouring the recruitment pages!

Am feeling more shitty now. Supposed to join a friend to have drinks at En Vogue but I'm just not up to it. I shouldn't have any reason to be that affected especially since I'm so new to the company. It can't be that I care so much for my colleagues to be worried about their fate. Dunno lah..just feels sucky.

Everyone's asking what we should be doing now. Operationally, things are supposed to be as if it's status quo till the end of the year. But how are we expected to do our usual job (of selling the channels) after the announcement? Oh well, I guess we could entice our 'loyal' advertisers saying that they better buy spots and programme sponsorships for the next 3 mths because soon, they will never be able to enjoy such heavily discounted pricing anymore. MCS would soon be able to tell them..take it or leave it since they don't have much of a choice anymore if they want to choose the tv medium to advertise in.

Man....what a way to start a weekend. bleah :P

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Sep. 17th, 2004 12:49 am (UTC)
retrenchment is sad news ... cheh, imagine those people who jumped ship to the new station. Now it's back onboard the original mother ship after all the hoo-ha. any worries re your job? can always go back to spending time with Aidan. am sure he'll be delighted to have you home. :)
Sep. 17th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
Hm..im probably one of the first few to be let off coz im a non-confirmed staff..
heh..yeah, probably back to being a sahm for a while but i truly do wanna work.
Sep. 17th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, was just going to ask you also about your job situation. Hope you are feeling ok.
Sep. 17th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
ok i guess..inevitable to feel a li' sucky in such a situation. Worse off for my colleagues who's been here longer.
Sep. 17th, 2004 01:05 am (UTC)
oh man...so much has happen back in Sg...so now they are back together again??...all under one umbrella??..

hope everything is ok with ur job...=))
Sep. 17th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
eh again? heh they were never together what.
But yeah, now they are under one umbrella. Prob won't have ajob for long *grin*
Sep. 17th, 2004 01:18 am (UTC)
Hope you are feeling ok. What a pity for those who have worked for the MW from the start.
Sep. 17th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
yes..it's tough for those who'd started with MW from scratch. Really a pity..
Sep. 17th, 2004 01:28 am (UTC)
If it's any consolation, you might end up working again with your old colleagues. Not a bad thing, I hope???
Sep. 17th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
hmm, quite unlikely.
How many pple do u think MCS can bring in? There's like abt 380 staff strength in MW. There's no way MCS can keep them all..Job losses are to be expected. And furthermore, it's not like ive been there for so long.
Sep. 17th, 2004 01:51 am (UTC)
would it be that you will work with your old colleagues then? they would keep employees from both company...
Sep. 17th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
they will keep employees from our coy..but not all..
Sep. 17th, 2004 04:13 am (UTC)
bye bye... I'm going liao... :P
Sep. 17th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
huh? what do u mean? confirmed already meh?
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Sep. 17th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)
I u.stand how u feel.

At this meantime, hoping that u will get to stay or get a better job. Try to be more optimistic hor.
Sep. 17th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
thanks joyce.
yeah..don't worry, im not like really really depressed..just feeling blah...thats all.
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Sep. 17th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
yeah..it was inevitable. I think the wheels were set in motion since that day our former SM nor MM said that having 2 tv competitive stations wasn't viable..

well, i don't think that programming will deteriorate that much.

Ch 5 will definitely continue bringing those good acquired programmes from US, Ch 8 will still offer their local dramas and most likely Ch U will continue with variety (i honestly don't know)..I still think us Singaporeans do have quite a bit of choice in terms of tv viewing. .Most of the top US shows are here..and pple's still complaining..
Sep. 17th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
oh i just found out.
how sad....very PAP.
Sep. 17th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
heh u abit slow hor :P

oh well, bopienz lah. Both side bleed so much. Must also see who's in the board of directors from the other side.
Sep. 17th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
its been merged?! i've been living in a well lah.
Sep. 17th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
heh if u didn't have ur tv or radio on, u wouldnt have known. It's in all the papers anyway..
Sep. 17th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
Psst... if you're free Saturday, come over play games?
They'll be here after 7pm.
Sep. 17th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
i call u later on this okay?
I've got quite a packed day with teachers/parents day for Aidan's playschool and high tea at lawry's.
Eh..ok to bring Aidan? He's more erm..destructive now..
Sep. 17th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
sorry to hear this:(
Sep. 20th, 2004 07:18 am (UTC)
nah..don't be. Even if i lose the job, am sure I should be able to get another one..just whether it's sooner or later :)
Sep. 19th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
i enjoyed the variety and shows on Channel U...i really hope that Media corp will not stifle the creativity of those in Channel U.
Mediacorp tends to do show with too much sponsorship so the script always revolve around the company which is quite sian.
hope you will not be in the dreaded list since you are new.
Sep. 20th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
Yeah..Ch U is good in variety shows and like you, i also hope that the channel will continue to churn out good, quality variety shows.

Lately, lotsa the local production on Ch 8 has been customised shows..The fact of the matter is that local productions are costly with each episode costing from about 70k onwards..It's not easy to cover the cost of production so to have the show customised is a way to cover majority of the cost. But interestingly, even with such blatant sponsorship, the ratings of the show do not get affected. It helps that most of such shows do have agood cast. Generally, Singaporeans do prefer the dramas that have a strong local flavour esp those which is family oriented.
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