Bectu responds to announcement of redundancies at Hollyoaks

29 February 2024

Responding to the redundancies announced today at Hollyoaks, Head of Bectu Philippa Childs said:

“This is absolutely devastating news for everyone concerned, for the region and for the wider UK TV industry. We will do everything we can to support our affected members during this incredibly difficult time.

“For decades Hollyoaks has entertained generations and it is the hardworking and talented crew who brought the iconic storylines to life.  It has also provided brilliant employment opportunities and skills development for film and TV workers in the north west,  and has served as an incubator of talent for the entire industry. Today’s announcement is a huge loss for the whole sector.

“Earlier this week we sounded the alarm on an escalating crisis in the UK’s film and TV industry, in which thousands of workers are bearing the brunt of a severe work drought.

“The entire industry is facing a very challenging time and while difficult decisions must be made as production companies meet changing audience needs, it is the workforce who is hit hardest – many of whom have dedicated decades of their lives to this career.

“We hear a lot from government about how much it values the creative industries and their huge economic contribution. Today’s announcement is a sobering reminder that, despite recent assertions from the Culture Secretary, all is not well in the UK TV industry and urgent government intervention and industry collaboration is needed.”