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Fairfax axes 16 journalists as part of The Weekly Review restructure

Fairfax Media has taken the axe to the editorial team at The Weekly Review in Victoria with 16 journalists to be made redundant next month.

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Domain Group head: Antony Catalano

Metro Media Publications will slash reporters and production staff at the nine suburban papers, with production outsourced to AAP Pagemasters, continuing Fairfax’s outsourcing of sub-editing work.

Just one sub editor will remain and The Weekly Review will continue to move towards lifestyle publishing as opposed to local news, supporting the umbrella Domain content strategy.

A spokesperson for Domain confirmed 16 full-time and part-time positions would be affected by the changes.

“Employees who work on The Weekly Review print magazine were last week briefed on plans to use a third-party provider for sub-editing work,” the spokesperson said.

“We are working closely with staff, including those who are directly affected by this change.”

The Weekly Review was launched by former property editor and marketing director of The Age, Anthony Catalano, in 2010.

The suburban competitor had an immediate impact on Fairfax’s Victorian business, attracting millions in real estate advertising in the model that saw real estate agents helping fund the launch.

Fairfax ultimately took a half-stake in the business before completing acquisition in January 2015, while Catalano was placed in the role of CEO at Domain.

Crikey reported that news of the redundancies was delivered to journalists on Friday, in meetings with senior Domain executives.

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