West Australian Newspapers makes voluntary redundancies, moves to seven day newsroom

West Australian Newspapers editor Anthony De Ceglie has called for voluntary redundancies ahead of an integration of editorial teams.

As reported by The Australian this morning, De Ceglie sent an email to staff advising that as part of a ‘review’ of the company’s operations, there was ‘excess capability’ and asking for voluntary redundancies.

De Ceglie took the helm of West Australian Newspapers in January

This was confirmed to Mumbrella today by a Seven West Media spokesperson, who said the move was a result of the integration of the West Australian Newspaper teams.

“As we are integrating The Sunday Times, The West Australian, PerthNow and into one team, we will likely have too many personnel by removing duplication, so we have offered voluntary redundancy,” said the spokesperson.

No figures have been confirmed.

Earlier this year The West Australian announced plans to move its content behind a paywall, shortly after De Ceglie took the reins in January.

The team across the titles at West Australian Newspapers currently numbers approximately 260, with 170 of that coming from The West Australian and The Sunday Times.

Update 1 April 2019: The West Australian and The Sunday Times will be moving to a seven-day newsroom operation. The move comes as part of an ongoing review into the company’s editorial operations. 

It has also been confirmed that staff at Seven West Media’s regional papers are currently excluded from the redundancy programme.


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