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AFTRA to Relocate Its Headquarters to L.A.

November 07, 2005|From Associated Press

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will move its national headquarters from New York to Los Angeles in 2006, the union announced Sunday.

The union's national board made the decision during a two-day videoconference in Los Angeles and New York over the weekend.

"We are a union of performers who perform in the media industry, and Los Angeles is increasingly the capital of the media industry," said AFTRA spokesman Christopher de Haan. He said the move had been discussed internally for the last two years.

Most of the union's more than 70,000 performers, broadcasters and recording artists live in the Los Angeles area.

De Haan said expense was also a big consideration for the board.

"Quite simply, the cost of real estate in L.A. is far cheaper than in New York City," he said.

Some departments, including the news unit, will remain in New York.

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