APN consolidates subs for 14 regionals

MOVES have started to consolidate the editorial production operations of 14 Australian regional newspapers owned by APN News and Media.

A central subbing desk is being established at the offices of the Sunshine Coast Daily in Queensland. The operation will follow a similar model that the company established in New Zealand two years ago.

The desk will also handle some 60 other local publications, although key designers will be retained at the various offices to ensure each publication maintain their own identity. For example, the Daily Examiner in Grafton and Yamba will retain a small subbing resource to work on key pages.

The move would “protect” newspapers in regional Queensland and New South Wales that were struggling to hire good quality sub-editors, said APN Australia Chief Executive, Mark Jamieson, a former PANPA board member.

We also believe the new centralised operation will lead to improved quality and efficiency,” he said.

The transition will take 14 months. Some 110 staff have been affected by the changes but there would be no redundancies, Mr Jamieson promised.

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