Sky heralds robot-driven future by reducing humans in production

Sky is taking a major step towards the automated future of work in TV production by announcing 46 redundancies at Sky News and Sky Sports.

The jobs lost will be technical directors, camera operators and vision mixers. The staff will be replaced with an automated system that uses robot cameras.

However, 31 new jobs are expected to be created in areas such as "automation direction". The changes will be subject to a 45-day consultation, and are expected to be finalised by the end of August.

The changes are part of a move for Sky News and Sports into a new shared studio space. Robotic camera technology is already used there, but the installation of a new Ross Overdrive system means fewer staff will be needed.

A Sky spokesman said: "We have put forward proposals that we believe will significantly improve the service we deliver to our viewers. No decisions have been made at this stage, and we will talk to our people to agree the best way to move forward."

Source: The Guardian

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