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Friday, June 30th, 2017 (12:02 pm) - Score 2,954
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The fallout from Virgin Media’s (Liberty Global) recent internal struggles appears to be hitting other parts of the business, with 250 jobs and 30 shops reportedly now being lined up for the chop.

Earlier this year the cable giant faced criticism after they admitted to having overstated the roll-out progress of their ultrafast DOCSIS + FTTP broadband and TV network in the UK (here), which later triggered changes to their operating structure and a related shake-up of their top-level Executive Committee (here). Last year it was separately reported that many staff had become unhappy with the business since Liberty Global’s acquisition (here).

According to The Register, the internal situation now looks set to result in the loss of a further 250 jobs (none of them directors) and the closing of 30 “shops,” although we suspect that the latter includes some of those pop-up advertising stands that Virgin Media often places around busy shopping areas.

A Virgin Media Spokesperson said:

“In March we announced changes to our operating structure to simplify our business and improve how we serve customers. As we continue growing and creating new job opportunities, any proposed changes affecting our employees will be subject to a careful and thorough consultation process.”

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar CarlT

    This is nothing to do with Project Lightning.

    • Avatar alan

      Yeah not sure where this news item came from (im assuming its a copy and paste job from the register) because its so fragmented trying to link several separate things together.

    • The article clearly sources and links to The Register above. If you have some extra evidence to supply, which might help to add a little detail, then please do email it over.

    • Avatar CarlT

      Will take it up with El Reg. Think they’ve gotten some information from people on the coal face. Lightning has a budget entirely of its own and overspends are being recouped from elsewhere, not operating expenses.

      I imagine Liberty looked at the numbers and noted that having a couple of full-on retail stores within a matter of minutes walk of each other alongside the odd pop-up in the nearby area wasn’t hitting the spot.

    • Avatar alan

      NO offence meant to you directly Mark, you can only report what was presented.

  2. Avatar Simon

    Good, I might actually be able to walk up the shopping mall without being harassed!

    • Avatar RICHARD WALTON

      It’s not good for people to lose their jobs, unless they’re in the Tory government ☺️

  3. Avatar G.Lee

    Any job losses are a sorry story to read/hear but can understand a company closing stores such as maybe the one located near Birmingham New Street, it’s not as busy a shopping street anymore and they have a larger store in the Bullring nearby.

    Thing is, are they planning to relocate some staff to other stores?

    • Avatar G.Lee

      Just had confirmation from Virgin Media that they are closing one of the Birmingham City Centre stores….

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