Twitter rumours seem to be true. The NBR reports:
Experienced journos excluded from NZME integration
On Wednesday, media company NZME trumpeted plans to bring its “print, digital and radio news teams … together in one integrated, multi-platform, 24/7 operation” that will be lead by managing editor Shayne Currie … The purpose of the exercise, according to Mr Currie, is to “leverage NZME’s unique mix of print, digital and radio” and is “about being totally focused on our audience and delivering even better journalism and content wherever they are.”
“It will unlock the talent and energy of separated news teams to more efficiently contribute news reporting, feature writing, video, photography, design and production to wherever it is needed,” enthused Ms Hastings of the integration, and “will strengthen the quality of our news and information products.”
Blah blah marketing drivel blah blah. Here’s the real part:
NBR’s sources suggest that up to 40% of the company’s sales staff could receive their marching orders in the restructure, and the first news of how it will impact on editorial personnel has begun leaking out of the NZ Herald today.
NBR understands that, among other changes, feature writer and columnist Brian Rudman (a 19-year NZH veteran), Michele Hewitson (judged best general and best overall columnist at this year’s Canon Media Awards) and business/media journalist John Drinnan are being made redundant.
Very bad news for all those losing their jobs, commiserations to you. It’s a pretty heartless economy out there, and pretty soon there won’t be anyone left to comment on it. Consumers of celebrity gossip will still have it good I guess, so that’s something.