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Disney/ABC TV Group is eliminating about 175 positions, with the majority of the layoffs coming from the O&O stations. The group, which includes the stations as well as ABC Family and Disney Channel, counts some 7600 employees. "As technological advances continue to alter the competitive landscape and viewer habits, it’s incumbent upon us to stay ahead of the curve," the company said. "To that end, we’ve undergone a review of our organizational structures and processes, and have re-imagined and realigned certain areas and functions to gain efficiencies and better position us for future growth." It’s possible some new jobs may be created as Disney/ABC focuses on online offerings, particularly its Watch TVE products. In May, news came that a few hundred positions were being eliminated at ESPN (see top story).

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