Apr 23, 2014

Sub-hub Pagemasters’ jilted bride could come back to haunt

Outsourced subediting company Pagemasters walked away from a deal with an Asian consortium. It's now looking for other Australian suitors -- Pagemasters might come off second-best in the competition.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Pagemasters — the outsourced “sub-hub” for publications including The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald — has been told by Fairfax its services are no longer required, a further sign the business model is in trouble. Yet the company has dumped a deal that would have fast-tracked a move into Asia, accessing low-cost production in Bangkok and Phnom Penh.

The regional consortium that Pagemasters left standing at the altar is now working on a stand-alone model that may cruel the Australian company’s future, Crikey has learned.

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