News Corp to cut jobs at Australian mastheads

By Patrick Nicoll | 17 September 2018

News Corp is set to slash 30 editorial jobs across publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Australian.

The cost-cutting measure comes as the publisher attempts to improve operational efficiency and includes both voluntary and forced layoffs across journalism and production staff.

"As part of our overall business strategy, we have an ongoing focus on how we can identify opportunities to make our operations more efficient,” a News Corp spokesperson says.

“Equally, this applies to our editorial operations and how we identify opportunities to create the most efficient digitally responsive newsrooms.”

Some production staff are said to be joining Pagemasters, the Australian Associated Press subsidiary jointly owned by News Corp, Fairfax Media and Seven West Media.

News Corp chief financial officer Susan Panuccio suggested its Australian businesses would unveil further cost-cutting measures during the company’s August full-year results. 

The job cuts come several months after News Corp's last cost saving push, which saw photographers and sub editors staff made redundant.

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