Fairfax journos hold protest against ‘the loss of 1000 years of experience’

Staff from Fairfax newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald held a demonstration at Martin Place in Sydney this morning, in protest over the loss of 82 jobs that would result from a move to outsource part of the production function, reported earlier this month. Doug Anderson, a TV and film reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald, told Mumbrella: “If they [Fairfax] had any conscience or any decency or any brains they would respond [to this protest] by throwing their idea out and keeping the staff they already have, instead of outsourcing to a company that they own 48% of.”

“They will lose a thousand years of experience if this move goes ahead,” he added.

Christopher Warren, federal secretary at Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, said: “I know they [Fairfax] share our concerns about the quality of the paper. And I hope they come to realise that when you take the editing component out of the paper, that you inevitably lose that creativity that’s so essential for papers in the 21st century.”

There were reports that Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood walked passed the protest on his way to work, but no official response has been given by Fairfax at press time.


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