Aug 20, 2014

News Corp cut one in eight newspaper jobs in 2012-13

While Fairfax has been slammed for its vast number of journalist redundancies, News Corp has kept the scale of its bloodletting under wraps. But Crikey can exclusively reveal the extent of the cuts is just as severe as at Fairfax.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

June 2012 was a tumultuous month in the Australian media industry. And thanks to secret documents obtained by Crikey, we now know just how tumultuous it was for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

In a move slammed by journalists and hailed by the company’s investors, in June 2012 Fairfax’s CEO rolled up his sleeves and announced a bold cost-cutting plan to cut 1900 staff.  Change was also afoot at News Corp. New CEO Kim Williams — a man not from the world of newspapers, who would be ousted by August 2013 — unveiled new cost-cutting plans centred on a “one city, one newsroom” strategy. But unlike his counterpart at Fairfax, Williams didn’t say how many of his company’s staff would be cut as a result.

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