Redundancies set to occur as Pacific Magazines restructures New Idea and Who

Up to six staff from the writing and editorial teams of Pacific Magazines’ Who and New Idea could be axed as part of a plan to re-structure the two titles.

The latest changes, proposed by CEO Gereurd Roberts on Wednesday, are part of plans to consolidate the number of writing positions, and expand current roles to creating content across print, online, social, video and audio.

The redundancies will occur across Who and New Idea editorial

An internal email sent to staff by Roberts said in an attempt to continue to “evolve” and adapt in line with business and technological change, the Seven-owned publisher had commenced discussions with staff on entertainment editorial teams, across New Idea and WHO, about a proposed restructure.

Under the new proposal, Who and New idea will continue to operate under separate leaders, namely newly appointed editor and content director Keshnee Kemp, and Rebecca Hyde, deputy editor of New Idea.

The two titles, which sit alongside That’s Life in the Entertainment and Family group, will operate under Emma Nolan, who will continue her role as editorial director.

Nolan joined Pacific Magazines after 15 years with TV Week in September last year. Shortly afterwards, she was appointed editorial director for New Idea and WHO.

Mumbrella understands some new roles could be implemented, but that has not yet been confirmed. It is also understood the two titles will not merge and will still have some dedicated staff.

“These changes, aligned to Pacific’s overarching strategy, would see us establish more flexible and upskilled teams, with staff expanding their roles and creating content across print, online and social, video and audio,” Roberts said in an email.

“We will support these changes with relevant training, continued investment in our publishing systems and the establishment of new working spaces within our redesigned and purpose-built office space on Level 7.

“As a result of these proposed changes, some new internal roles will be created and a number of roles, as they currently exist, may be identified as redundant,” he added.

“We are currently consulting with staff regarding the proposed changes and gathering feedback before a final decision is made.  Should the changes proceed, we will be looking to transition as many employees as possible into the new structure.”

The consultation process is set to take place early next week.


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