News Corp’s Gold Coast Bulletin slashes journalist positions as it ‘updates’ newsroom

News Corp’s Gold Coast Bulletin has slashed 10 journalist positions, Mumbrella understands. But the company has denied it is closing the paper.

The regional paper was owned by News Corp prior to its regional expansion through  the acquisition of APN News & Media’s regional division at the end of last year.

A News Corp spokesperson confirmed there had been redundancies however declined to share a specific number.

“Yes, due to a recent review of our business on the Gold Coast, we have updated our newsroom to a more efficient, modern operation,” the spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately, this has resulted in a small number of job losses within our editorial department.”

The spokesperson rejected rumours around the closure of the newspaper: “The Gold Coast Bulletin remains an important part of our business and there are no plans to close it.”

News Corp has not confirmed how many journalists remain at the newspaper.

Reports in The Australian in September suggested News Corp would slash 300 jobs across its regional operations to secure “back office synergies”.


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