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EMI Australia Axes 20 Jobs In Wake Of Universal Takeover

Written by Mike Hohnen on January 30, 2013

Yesterday the public learned that staff from EMI offices around Australia would be learning their fate with the record label via email. The company, which has recently been taken over by Universal Music Group, has axed 20 staff from the roster but hung onto employees involved in marketing, media and promotions.

Among those adding their bones to the pile as victims of the changing industry will be A&R mogul Glenn Dickie, and Dixie Battersby from the Perth office, writes TheMusic.com.au.

George Ash, the Australian head of UMG, as well as other key members of Universal spoke to EMI staff yesterday, explaining that remaining employees will be delegated to new roles either as part of the Universal team or under the EMI banner, as both labels will continue to operate as separate entities. It’s believed accounts and other admin staff will now be part of the Universal team.

The EMI staff who made the cut will be relocated to the UMG head office in Millers Point, where an office has apparently been set up for the new operation. New talent and business will be handled by both companies from now on.

No other information is known at this time, with everything being kept quietly under wraps, though statements are sure to come through soon.

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