West Australian Newspapers set to cut staff

West Australian Newspapers is cutting staff just one month after parent company Seven West Media revealed it would be buying News Corp’s Perth masthead The Sunday Times.


According to a report in The Australian, the redundancies were revealed in an email to staff from WAN CEO, Chris Wharton, who said the business faced challenges from an unstable economic environment and changes to the media industry.

“These changes will mean a number of positions across the organisation will become redundant,” Wharton said, in the email.

“Every effort will be made to redeploy affected staff to other positions across the business, however opportunities will not be able to be found for everyone and some employees will end their employment with us.”

It is unclear how many positions will be made redundant.

Wharton declined to comment on the cuts.

At the end of last month Seven West Media confirmed it was in negotiations to acquire The Sunday Times and Perth Now from News Corp,  a move which would unite the Sunday paper with the daily West Australian.


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