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News Corp blasts Nine papers for ‘egregiously false’ reports of staff cuts

News Corp has hit out at “egregiously false” reports that appeared in the Nine mastheads regarding the media company’s planned staffing cuts.

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age this week claimed that up to 40% of sales staff were on the cusp of being made redundant.

The Nine story referenced “two sources with knowledge of the decision”, who revealed Miller was to announce up to 80 redundancies amongst its sales teams yesterday.

A News Corp spokesperson told Mumbrella this report was false.

“Like most companies we do not provide commentary on employment matters but the story that first appeared in the Nine Entertainment tabloids, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, contained multiple errors, including the egregiously false claim 40 percent of sales staff were to lose their jobs,” the spokesman said.

“The published story still contains significant errors and we would appreciate having the opportunity to consider and respond to questions rather than media outlets automatically assuming these reports are correct.”

Last week, the company let go Michael Wilkins, managing director of the company’s national sport brands, and Marcus Hooke, general manager of print production, following the late May removal of news.com.au’s editor-in-chief Lisa Muxworthy, and Editorial Innovation Centre director John McGourty.

Peter Blunden, News Corp Australia’s former national executive editor has also stepped back to three days a week, although he will maintain his board position.

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