Up to 120 jobs go at News Corp as NSW and Victorian contact centres close and The Oz makes redundancies

Up to 120 News Corp jobs across Victorian and NSW contact centres will be axed from July, after plans to consolidate operations were announced to staff yesterday, Mumbrella understands.

News Limited has confirmed it will close its NSW and Victorian contact centres and move all operations to Adelaide. The changes will affect call centre staff and advertising account managers.

Mumbrella understands the redundancies are running across metropolitan, local and regional publications including Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Leader Newspaper, Geelong Advertiser and Weekly Times.

As part of the move, some staff will be redeployed through the business, however redundancies are set to occur.

Mumbrella understands Births and Death Notices for these papers will be moved to Adelaide.

In the latest series of redundancies, Mumbrella also understands several editorial members have taken voluntary redundancies at The Australian, although a News Corp spokesperson declined to confirm the exact number. The Guardian today reports it as six.

The latest set of redundancies comes after News Corp Australia announced its plans to make $40m in cuts to its Australian operations. 

In May this year, News Corp axed as many as 70 staff photographers from its mastheads, along with production staff.

The news also follows Fairfax this week cutting almost half of its national digital video team along with long serving editorial staff, as part of its voluntary redundancy program to save $30m.

A spokesperson for News Corp told Mumbrella: “We are consolidating our resources to create a centre of excellence in South Australia.”

News Corp declined to comment on the number of redundancies at the contact centres, however, confirmed there had been a small amount of voluntary redundancies at The Australian in recent days.


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