News Corp to close Queensland printing facility in digital restructure

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 1 July 2020

News Corp is closing one of its Queensland printing facilities as part of the company’s digital push. 

The publisher has started consultations with staff at two of its South East Queensland print centres in Yandina and Murarrie as part of a review aiming to consolidate them into one site. 

In May, News Corp announced many of its regional and community titles would become digital-only, with only a handful to remain in print. 

“Since the transition to digital-only mastheads we simply don’t have the same demand and are now facing excess production capacity,” Marcus Hooke, executive general manager production, logistics and property says. 

“We are working closely with our employees to ensure the best possible outcomes for them all.” 

The consultation is expected to be completed within a fortnight. 

News Corp says it’s seen a “strong uptick” in demand for subscriptions over the past four weeks, selling about 8,000 across 76 mastheads that became digital, up about 200% on the same time last year.

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