News Corp axes Adelaide photography, sub-editing and production roles

A number of News Corp photographers and production staff are to leave the company’s Adelaide office.

The Australian’s Media Diary is reporting “fewer than five” photographers will be leaving and 20 other subbing and production jobs – including artists and designers – will be axed.

The Australian’s Media Diary is reporting photography, sub-editing and production roles in Adelaide will go

According to News Corp the losses will be part of a voluntary redundancy scheme.

Mumbrella understands the production work will be outsourced to AAP’s Pagemasters, of which News Corp owns a 50% stake. The company will look to redeploy staffers where they can.

“These changes are part of our ongoing commitment to creating the most efficient newsroom operations we can with a clear focus on our digital future,” a spokesperson said.

News Corp would not confirm the number of redundancies.

Earlier this year, News Corp made a number of finance positions redundant, as part of its “ongoing transformation program”.

But the first announcement of the transformation changes came in November 2016 when Bedi Singh, chief financial officer, flagged $40m worth of cuts.

The redundancy program first hit editorial, with jobs reportedly going at The Daily Telegraph but by April last year, it was revealed jobs would be axed across editorial operations. Most photographers were made redundant as were a number of sub-editing staff.

Up to 70 staff photographers were axed from News Corp as the restructure moved ahead in May, with News Corp signalling it would outsource much of its photography work to news agency AAP.

In June, the cuts hit operations with jobs axed across Victoria and New South Wales contact centres. Operations were consolidated in Adelaide, with call centre staff and advertising account managers let go.


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