German gay channel cuts costs

Jörn Krieger

TIMM, a German TV channel for gay men, is putting the brakes on costs. The Berlin-based broadcaster, launched in November 2008, will cut 25 employees, a spokesman told industry magazine w&v.

Those affected are mostly freelance contributors and employees whose contracts won’t be extended. The cuts are being made to various areas including the editorial, technology and camera departments.

TIMM offers a general interest service with news, shows, series and movies. The free-to-air channel, which aims to finance through advertising and sponsoring, is available via cable, satellite, ADSL and internet to around 18 million households in Germany.