PacMags hit by redundancies as Who and New Idea undergo restructure

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 1 June 2018
Gereurd Roberts

Pacific Magazines is facing another round of redundancies as the publisher proposes "structural changes" to its entertainment and family portfolio.

Up to six staff from the writing and editing teams across Who and New Idea will be made redundant as part of the changes.

AdNews understands Who and New Idea will remain separate brands with separate leaders, with Keshnee Kemp as editor of Who and Rebecca Hardy as deputy editor of New Idea, but the two titles will share editorial staff.

In a memo to staff obtained by AdNews, CEO Gereurd Roberts said the structural update will improve its profitability and help PacMags remain competitive.

"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.

"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."

Roberts adds that some internal roles will be created, but informed staff of the possbility of redundancies.

"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," he said.

"The consultation process will take until early next week and we will keep you updated as these discussions progress."

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