Today in Media Files, more job cuts and changes at News Corp, the ABC and The Australian have gone in for another round, and where are the Australian Financial Review's letters to the editor?
News Corp cuts production desks. After cutting most of its photographers, the axe at News Corp Australia has moved across to the production desks. As News Corp begins a new model of production workflows, targeted employees were given their marching orders this week midway through shifts, and some have not been seen at Sydney's Holt Street headquarters since. Unlike Fairfax's recent round of redundancies, News Corp has not offered voluntary rounds, and a source tells Crikey many unprepared and nervous staff were left waiting for the tap in a funereal atmosphere. Some of those leaving had worked at News Corp for more than 20 years, and they were joined for impromptu farewells at nearby pubs, but there were notable absences from some Daily Telegraph department heads who stayed in the office.
A News Corp spokeswoman said there was "no set overarching nationally co-ordinated program affecting production". "Any redundancies within production are a matter for individual editors and newsrooms, and based on their own needs and processes," she said.