The effects of the change were felt for many years after the trade sale as DTELS staff who remained with NTL, later to become Virgin Media then Arqiva, were subjected to more change and various rounds of redundancies.
Major changes included:
- integration with NTL Broadcast field operations
- closure of Billinge, Cheveley, Hannington, Kippax, Shapwick and Stanton
- reduced presence at Cranbrook
- changes in operational requirements following the creation of Arqiva and merger with NGW during 2007/8
Words alone cannot express the fundamental change that occurred in the organisation during the years leading up to the trade sale, particularly in human terms. With redundancy came a realisation for many Directorate staff working in a strong technical, ethical, career and defined work structure, that a way of life they had enjoyed for many years was coming to an end. For some, the bitter memories of loosing their jobs, security and companionship remains to this day.
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Dave Partridge for the Bishops Cleeve papers, Brian Southcott for the Union and NTL papers and John Westcott for the Sale of DTELS document. All Copyright is Crown