Express opens kimono on restructure

NEW Zealand’s Marlborough Express has opened the kimono, telling readers that 13 jobs inside their newspaper will be affected as part of a production restructure.

It continued the speculation that 70 jobs across its owner, Fairfax NZ, would be lost from the restructure, even though this has not been decided.

The general manager at the Marlborough Express, Roger Rose, was quoted as saying the equivalent of “4.175 jobs” could remain at the newspaper – a total that a reporter calculated to mean 13 jobs would be affected.

Mr Rose said voluntary redundancies were being sought during a two-week period of consultation with staff.

Fairfaz NZ, which reported falls in advertising revenue of 29 percent up to Dec 31, 08, is now restructuring its production facilities for pre-press and advertising. It is the second largest newspaper publisher in New Zealand after APN News and Media.

It is ending the practice of duplicating production facilities at every newspaper and creating four hubs – Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch – to service every title.

The technology is easily available, and has been for years, to centralise these types of operations.

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