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Vice Australia is gutting what remained of its local operation. It's the latest media casualty of both the coronavirus pandemic and the might of the big tech platforms.

Three of the company’s five local journalists were let go last week, leaving just one editor and one writer to focus on news. At its height, Vice Australia employed about 50 staff who were spread across news and video teams; client services and sales; and its creative agency Virtue, which produced branded content.

The company’s office in Melbourne is closing after Vice declined to renew its lease. “That would be the end of Vice Australia effectively,” one former staff member told Crikey.