News Corp redundancy program moves forward, with editorial jobs gone at The Daily Telegraph

News Corp is moving ahead with its redundancy program, with the Australian Financial Review reporting “as many as 18 editorial staff” are accepting voluntary redundancy at The Daily Telegraph alone.


According to the AFR, the focus will turn to News Corp’s Melbourne masthead the Herald Sun next week.

The publisher, which also publishes The Australian, began approaching staff to gauge interest in voluntary redundancies after it was revealed the company would be seeking to make $40m in cuts from its local operations at the end of last month.

The cuts were announced earlier this month after it was revealed that advertising revenues for the quarter had declined 7%, or approximately 11% in local currency.

Mumbrella understands not enough voluntary redundancies have come forward, with News Corp considering forced redundancies. The union representing journalists, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) is working with the publisher to ensure all redundancies are voluntary.

The AFR has reported News Corp was looking to make 42 full-time employees redundant, with the round at the Herald Sun potentially including “some very senior staff members”.

News Corp declined to comment.


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