Fairfax job cuts part of newspaper ‘death throes’

Fairfax’s announcement this week to ditch sub-editors at its major newspapers has outraged many, but the former editor of one of the UK’s leading tabloids says the move is hardly surprising.Fairfax will cut sub-editing jobs at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and instead outsource the work to Pagemasters, a subsidiary of AAP.The company’s newsrooms have seen hundreds of job cuts in recent years, but it seems journalists are not prepared to lose on this one without a fight – they are headed to the industrial mediator and are threatening strike action.Roy Greenslade, a columnist with the UK’s Guardian and the former editor of The Daily Mirror, says newspapers are dying and it is no surprise Fairfax is making this move to cut costs.

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