Fairfax to restructure South Australia regionals

Fairfax has announced it will roll out its NewsNow program in South Australia.

The company says it will result in some changes to staffing across South Australia, with 35 voluntary redundancies of full-time equivalent roles.

Of these positions, 22 are editorial roles with the rest from sales, management and administration.

The director of Fairfax’s Australian Community Media, John Angilley, says he will discuss these changes with staff.

The Whyalla News will be published on Thursdays instead of twice weekly, the Roxby Downs Sun free newspaper will be shut, and there will be distribution changes to the Barossa and Light Herald and The Flinders News.

Fairfax says it will also shut down its Bordertown commercial printing business.

“Our full focus and attention in the weeks ahead is consulting with our staff across South Australia to ensure everyone fully understands the proposal and has the opportunity to give feedback,” he said in a Whyalla News story.

Fairfax says it is confident that these changes will not affect the quality of its news coverage.

“These publishing changes do not mean a lessening of our commitment to coverage of our local communities – in fact, we will achieve even better results by better focusing our resources,” Mr Angilley said.

NewsNow includes the rollout of a new content management system that journalists can use to publish straight to the web and into newspaper page templates. It has been in action at some newspapers for 18 months.

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