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Buzzfeed Australia to axe local news staff as global redundancies bites

Buzzfeed has axed 11 Australian roles this morning, with the majority to come out of the news room.

The news comes days after Buzzfeed axed 15% of its roles across the US, UK and other markets, with plans to reduce costs and re-structure its business model.

11 roles are impacted at Buzzfeed Australia

In a post on Twitter this morning, Simon Crerar, Buzzfeed Australia’s general manager said the consultation period for those impacted would run for at least a week. Mumbrella understands 25 people will enter consultation period, with 11 jobs to go. Buzzfeed Australia currently has approximately 40 staff.

Political editor at Buzzfeed Australia, Alice Workman, said every single member of the Australian news team has been sent a “consultation” letter.

Current and former Buzzfeed Australia staff have expressed pain and frustration over the changes:

However a Buzzfeed spokesperson told Mumbrella the business was still committed to the Australian market.

“We’ve built a strong brand, loyal audience, and growing business in Australia and BuzzFeed remains committed to building on that foundation for the long-term,” the spokesperson said.

The latest announcement comes almost two years after Buzzfeed re-structured its US arm, with approximately 100 redundancies, and six months since the organisation made 20 people redundant – and hired 45 – as part of changes to its business.

In October last year, Workman was awarded journalist of the year – large publication, at Mumbrella’s Publish Awards. Mark Di Stefano, who currently works in the UK, took out the 2017 award. 

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