Roger Yu, USA TODAY
USA TODAY - The Disney/ABC Television Group is cutting 175 jobs, or about 2% of its workforce, as part of a corporate restructuring.
The Disney unit, which includes the ABC network, the Disney Channel, cable networks and local stations, employs around 7,600 people.
"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 in a statement. "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."
The layoffs will start today and continue for several days. The majority of job cuts will be at operations and the eight TV stations it owns in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.
Like other media companies, ABC is investing more in new delivery platforms, including streaming its shows live or shortly after they're aired. Cutting and shifting jobs may reflect this priority.
In May, Disney's ESPN unit cut about 400 jobs to manage costs despite rising ad sales and affiliate revenue.