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News agency may send overnight staff to Sydney

Published tisdag 18 november 2014 kl 15.54
Bondi Beach Sydney. Photo: Eulinky/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
Would you rather want to work close to Bondi Beach in Sydney? Photo: Eulinky/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

The news agency TT is considering transfering its overnight shift to Sydney, the trade union newspaper Journalisten reports.

Because of the twelve hour time difference, a Swedish night shift could be turned into a day shift in Australia.

"A lot of the work is today done by phone and internet. If something big happens, you can always call people like we do today, like you could do from Sydney," TT's CEO Jonas Eriksson told the paper.

TT's Danish and Finnish counterparts already have moved their overnight staff, and the Norwegian news agency NTB will do so in September. Instead of having two teams alternating on the overnight shift, it would in the future suffice with one team working daytime, and therefore reduce costs.

"Nothing has been decided yet, we are still considering it," Eriksson said.

One of the advantages would be that the journalists would be part of a bigger office with other reporters, for example the Australian news agency ANP. That agency already has employees in London, who are turning their overnight shifts into day shifts.

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