Digital is stumbling block, dismissal at ANP

Press agency ANP puts the knife in the workforce, 33 jobs will disappear next year. According to them, ANP customers earn too little with online news. In a press release, CEO Erik van Gruijthuijsen said that the news and photos of ANP can be found on a large scale on websites, smartphones and tablets

Press agency ANP puts the knife in the workforce, 33 jobs will disappear next year. According to them, ANP customers earn too little with online news.

In a press release, CEO Erik van Gruijthuijsen said that the news and photos of ANP can be found on a large scale on websites, smartphones and tablets. However, the customers of the news agency earn little on digital matters.

The rigorous decision is necessary because of the continuing price pressure in the media market. For example, newspapers see the print runs fall. The many news sites that take over the news do not make the losses on the paper side good.

That means that there must be cutbacks on staff. With the 33 jobs that are disappearing, the workforce is reduced by fifteen percent. Among others, the photographers of ANP see their contract disappear. Only freelancers are used for images.

The editors in Den Bosch and Rotterdam close the doors. In Amsterdam the editors are halved.

A private ANP news report states that editor-in-chief Marcel van Lingen sees the copying behavior of the media sector as a major problem. The content of the news agency is retrieved from the various sites, edited and then 'resold at dump prices'.