Mercury: A little mention of more jobs gone, on the day Rupe’s mum got a four-page wrap,  plus two columns of death notices. Was Bradman accorded that sort of tribute?

• News production moves to Pagemasters

The Australian
December 06, 2012

NEWS Limited will cut another 60 production jobs as it further restructures its newsrooms ahead of the July introduction of new multi-platform publishing system Eidos Methode.
Some positions will be cut from metropolitan and community titles but the bulk of the job losses will be from regional mastheads.

Beginning this month, sub-editing and layout for the papers would be outsourced from the in-house News Central hubs to Australian Associated Press division Pagemasters, with the move to be completed by the end of February, the company said.

“As a result of these changes, a number of positions from across our News Central hubs nationally will no longer be required from February,’’ it said in a statement released this afternoon.

News also publishes The Australian, which is not affected by the changes.

News said it would create the new role of news producer ready for the Eidos Methode launch, combining the skills of print sub-editing and digital content production.

A spokesman said the company did not yet know how many of these roles there would be.

“The announcement today is about investing in journalism,’’ the spokesman said. “Our $60 million investment in the new Eidos Methode publishing system means we are creating new editorial roles, and new career paths, that will sustain journalism well into the 21 century.

“As part of this investment, we are also re-organising the way we do business by outsourcing some activities to Pagemasters. Pagemasters’ need for people with strong editorial skills continues to grow exponentially, offering opportunities for well-trained sub-editors.

“Unfortunately some roles will become redundant. This is part of the structured roll-out of our transformation program which we began in July this year.’‘

Media union the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance said the job losses would bring the total number of editorial positions shed by News this year to well over 500, and would affect titles including The Northern Territory News and The Hobart Mercury.

“It is disturbing to see the continuing trend of divorcing editorial production from the newsroom,’’ MEAA federal secretary Christopher Warren said.

• News Limited to cut 60 production jobs

Updated: 09:02, Friday December 7, 2012

News Limited will make an expected 60 production staff redundant after outsourcing the sub-editing of nine regional newspapers.

The company is outsourcing the sub-editing of The Mercury in Hobart, Sunday Tasmanian, Geelong Advertiser, The Cairns Post, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin, NT News, Sunday Territorian and Centralian Advocate to Pagemasters, a subsidiary of Australian Associated Press.

News Limited did not disclose how many positions would be made redundant, however the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) said 60 editorial positions would be affected.