The Sun, owned by the Murdoch clan’s News Corp, is cutting the jobs of 20 subeditors to devote more resources to its website (which is currently the fastest growing news website in the UK after wasting away behind a self-imposed paywall). The Sun’s website had more than 3 million daily uniques in August, up 128% in a year (it was still behind the paywall in August 2015). But that is still well behind the more than 15 million daily uniques for The Mail Online.
And in perhaps the most telling round of cuts, The Guardian announced it will be taking the axe to its US workforce, late last week, confirming around 40 of 150 people will go. The news came seven months after 350 jobs and positions were chopped at the paper’s UK head office. The Guardian operates its news website and sales office in the US. That is now being shaken up and slimmed down.
Now other parts (i.e. Australia) have been warned that nothing is exempt. In an email last Thursday, editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and chief executive David Pemsel said US staff numbers would be cut as quickly as possible. They said the cuts were “difficult but necessary” in order to break even in the next financial year, despite The Guardian being “among the top five digital newspaper platforms in America”.
The announcement is important because in the cuts earlier this year in Britain, Viner indicated that the paper would be looking to the US and Australia to generate international growth. But now the financial situation has worsened and nothing is exempt any longer. Viner helped found the Australian and US websites. — Glenn Dyer
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