Final day for 70 News Corp photographers

News Corp today farewelled more than 70 staff photographers from across its mastheads.

The company marked the last day of the financial year with the biggest cull of photography talent in the company’s history. Staff were given sendoffs in newsrooms across the country.

The departures come just a month after News Corp – whose publications include The Daily Telegraph, The Australian, the Herald Sun and the Courier Mail  – announced it would axe the positions and outsource much of its photography in order to save $40m.

News Corp has signalled it will outsource much of its photography work to news agency AAP, which it is a shareholder in.  AAP has listed 66 former News Corp photographers as preferred suppliers.

The last few days has also seen two subs made redundant on The Australian.

At the time of the announcement, Campbell Reid, News Corp’s director of editorial management, said: “These changes are necessary to achieve the balance of resourcing between content creation, content production and digital excellence.”

The redundancies come the same week the company announced a reshuffle in its leadership across Victoria and Tasmania, promoting Peter Zavecz, Jason Scott, and Neil Monaghan. It also comes weeks after News Corp closed its Victorian and NSW contact centres, consolidating its operations in South Australia.

They also come as adspend revenue for print continues to decline,  with the newspaper sector down 29%, according to the May SMI figures.

The plans to “modernise” its editorial operations also follow on from Fairfax Media’s announcement in April that it would be restructuring its metro editorial team.


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