Hard landing for Qantas workers

Original article by Robyn Ironside, Damon Kitney
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 26-Jun-20

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce will remain at the helm for another three years to oversee the national carrier’s coronavirus recovery plan. This will include reducing costs by $15bn over three years and shedding 6,000 employees across its operations. The job cuts will include more than 1,000 cabin crew, some 1,500 ground crew and 630 engineers. The redundancies will cost about $600m in total, while the 15,000 employees who were stood down earlier in 2020 will not return to work in the near-term. ACTU president Michele O’Neil has criticised the job cuts, accusing Qantas of abandoning its workers at "their time of greatest need". Meanwhile, Qantas will increase its liquidity via a $1.9bn capital raising.

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QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, ACTU

ABC axes flagship roles for digital

Original article by Steve Jackson
The Australian – Page: 7 : 25-Jun-20

About 70 jobs in the ABC’s news division will be cut under the five-year plan, as the public broadcaster shifts its focus to digital on on-demand content. This will result in a significant reduction in original reporting produced by its current affairs programs. The ABC’s news analysis and investigations teams will also be scaled back, while the position of chief economics correspondent is expected to be axed. ABC News director Gaven Morris has confirmed that fewer new episodes of ‘Australian Story’ and ‘Foreign Correspondent’ will be produced due to the budget cuts.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Tough love necessary, says News

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 18-Jun-20

News Corporation’s CEO Robert Thomson says the media group’s decision to axe the print editions of 112 regional and community newspapers was not taken lightly. The bulk of the titles will become digital-only publications, but 36 will be discontinued completely. Thomson says this was necessary to ensure the viability of the titles that will become digital-only. The number of News Corp journalists working on regional and community mastheads will be reduced from more than 1,200 to just 375.

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NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

More jobs to go at News Corp in metro restructure

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Age – Page: Online : 10-Jun-20

News Corp Australia has advised that plans to centralise the production and editorial operations of its metropolitan mastheads will result in job losses. The job cuts will affect staff of ‘The Daily Telegraph’ and the ‘Herald Sun’, with news content to be shared across the two newspapers. The move follows News Corp’s recent decision to discontinue the print editions of many regional and community newspapers, which affected more than 600 jobs. There will also be some job cuts at its flagship national masthead, ‘The Australian’.

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NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

ABC pushes ahead with job cuts in arduous year

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 10-Jun-20

ABC MD David Anderson has informed staff that budget cuts will force the public broadcaster to retrench more than 200 employees. Anderson also indicated that the ABC will initially seek voluntary redundancies in divisions that are likely to lose at least 10 employees, although forced redundancies will also be necessary. The ABC will releases its five-year plan later in June; it was delayed earlier in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government imposed a three-year funding freeze on the ABC in 2019.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Bidders spell out Virgin job cuts to unions

Original article by Jemima Whyte,Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 4-Jun-20

Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners must submit binding offers for Virgin Australia by 22 June. The two final bidders for the failed airline are under growing pressure to outline their plans for Virgin, including the likely job losses. Unions held talks with Bain and Cyrus on 3 June, and some sources have suggested that more than 20 per cent of Virgin’s employees could be retrenched. BGH Capital is said to have been looking at cutting 2,000 jobs if it had acquired Virgin.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH,BAIN CAPITAL LLC,CYRUS CAPITAL PARTNERS LP,DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED,BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD

Jobs go as Ten closes 10 Daily website

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 15 : 19-May-20

The Ten Network has advised that its 10 Daily news and entertainment website will be discontinued as part of the network’s integration with US parent company ViacomCBS. About 20 jobs are expected to be lost due to the closure of 10 Daily, although it is uncertain as to whether the broader integration strategy will result in more job cuts at Ten. ViacomCBS Australia’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey has stressed the need for Ten to be "platform-agnostic".

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TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED, VIACOMCBS INCORPORATED

Bauer sacks 60 Pacific Magazines staff

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: Online : 5-May-20

Bauer Media is believed to have retrenched employees at Pacific Magazines and put the print editions of some titles on hold just days after taking control of the former Seven West Media business. Some 60 jobs at Pacific Magazines are said to have been cut, following Bauer’s recent move to stand down or lay off about 140 of its own employees. ‘InStyle’, ‘Men’s Health’ and ‘Women’s Health’ are among the Pacific Magazines titles that have been affected.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BAUER MEDIA KG, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

Foxtel’s tough week as 200 jobs go

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 15 : 9-Apr-20

Pay-TV group Foxtel has responded to the coronavirus-induced downturn in advertising revenue by retrenching 200 employees. CEO Patrick Delany has told staff that the pandemic has forced the company to accelerate a "transformation" of its business due to digital disruption. A further 140 employees who work in its sports production division have been stood down until the end of June; Delaney notes that it is uncertain as to when live sporting events will resume. He adds that Foxtel is not eligible for the federal government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme at present.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, KAYO SPORTS

Recipe for disaster: TV chef’s empire crashes

Original article by John Ferguson, Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 11-Feb-20

KordaMentha has been appointed as the voluntary administrator of 22 businesses in the Made Establishment Group, which was founded by celebrity chef George Calombaris. KordaMentha has issued a statement in which it notes that the business had been impacted by a wage underpayments scandal in 2017, which resulted in Made Establishment being fined $200,000 by the Fair Work Commission. The collapse of Made Establishment will result in hundreds of jobs being lost, with most of its restaurants having already ceased trading.

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MADE ESTABLISHMENT PTY LTD, KORDA MENTHA AND COLLEAGUES PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION