News Limited launches new round of job cuts

By AdNews | 7 December 2012

News Limited will cut another 60 subediting jobs, as the media giant moves people out of its News Central hub and transforms its newsrooms.

The new round of retrenchments has come as News Limited implements a new publishing system called Eidos Methode, which the media owner has said will streamline the publishing, subediting and content management process.

Meanwhile, subediting services in the News Central hub have started being outsourced to the Australian Associated Press unit Pagemasters.

These two factors have led to the new round of redundancies.

A News Limited spokesperson said the majority of the jobs will be from regional papers, although some community and metro employees will also be affected.

A large portion of the metro subeditors will also move from News Central into News Limited newsrooms, where they will be trained to become more generalist subeditors or news producers, and will be trained to use to Eidos Methode system.

News Limited said in a statement: “The announcement today is about investing in journalism.  Our $60 million investment in the new Eidos Methode publishing system means we are creating new editorial roles, and new career paths, that will sustain journalism well into the 21 century.
“As part of this investment, we are also re-organising the way we do business by outsourcing some activities to Pagemasters.  Pagemasters need for people with strong editorial skills continues to grow exponentially – offering opportunities for well trained subeditors.   
“Unfortunately some roles will become redundant.  This is part of the structured roll-out of our transformation program which we began in July this year.”

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