Job cuts across community papers. Community newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney are facing more cuts, with both News Corp and Fairfax announcing redundancies this week. Fairfax will close six of its community papers in Sydney, making 11 jobs redundant, and will make seven staff redundant at The Weekly Review in Melbourne. To replace the newspapers in north-west Sydney, Fairfax has announced it will launch a new magazine. News Corp is reducing its editorial staff at the Leader community newspaper group by 13 positions. MEAA media director Katelin McInerney said the redundancies were a "cruel blow". "The subsequent massive reduction in resources also means that for those staff that remain behind, their already massive workload will most likely increase to unrealistic levels," she said. A Fairfax spokesman said: "Our priority at the moment is our staff and consulting with them about the proposed changes. Details of the title, content, format and distribution strategy of the magazine are still being finalised and we will talk more about it at the appropriate time."
Peacock's farewell. Senior 7.30 journalist and staff-elected director Matt Peacock has announced he is one of 11 people to take a voluntary redundancy from the ABC. Peacock told staff in an email he would be leaving in early February: