News Corp Australia will cut staff across its state-based mastheads as part of a national restructuring program, to reduce costs and modernise the newsroom.
While no number was given, it is believed that a number of the staff photographers will be cut from The Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, The Advertiser and The Courier Mail.
News will support the smaller base of staff photographers with freelance and agency contributions. The changes reflect newsroom structures that are used at Fairfax Media, the UK and the US.
The company announced that changes would be made to to the print production process in the future.
Director of corporate affairs and content innovation, Campbell Reid, said the changes were necessary to achieve the balance of resourcing between content creation, content production and digital excellence.
“Like every other business today, we have to identify opportunities to improve and modernise the way we work to become more efficient. We need to organise our editorial operations so we can preserve in print and excel in digital. This requires a new approach to longstanding newsroom processes.
“Our core franchise is journalism and we will always protect and preserve that. These changes do not diminish our commitment to quality nor our faith in the long-term future of all our publishing platforms.
“At a time when trusted, credible news content is paramount, we must ensure our contemporary newsrooms are shaped to deliver the news, analysis, features and services that match modern reader needs, whether in print, digital, on mobile, or in video or audio,” Mr Reid said in an interview with The Australian.
In News Corp International’s second quarter results released in February, the company reported a $US219 million loss from its continuing operations. However write-downs of $US310 million primarily related to the company’s Australian newspaper assets was a major contributing factor.
News Corp Australia cut 10 roles, or 20 per cent of the newsroom, at the Gold Coast Bulletin at the end of March.
The decision to cut staff comes just one week after rival Fairfax decided to cut $30 million from its newsrooms under new leadership from managing director of metro publishing Chris Janz. The media company is currently consulting staff with final decision on numbers and departments affected to be made by the end of the month.