Fairfax Media has some issues.
Last month their CEO denied there were job losses looming at the media organisation.
Yesterday, Fairfax Media announced 185 editorial positions would be disestablished, while creating 160 new ones.
Fairfax Media owns the Waikato Times, The Dominion Post, The Press, The Sunday Star Times, and many other newspapers – and the website stuff.co.nz.
New jobs will be created in what the company calls “a transformational programme”, but staff will have to apply for them.
Ms Boucher insisted the proposal would result in more editorial staff, not fewer.
“Under the proposal we’re not going to end up with any fewer people than we have today, we’re actually going to end up with more editorial staff – particularly in reporters.”
Ms Boucher said that from an editorial staff of roughly 650, she expected 12 more editorial positions would come from the proposed restructure.
She said the restructure was about a news room created with positions suitable for a newspaper business re-setting for a digital news strategy.
Ms Boucher said customers were increasingly accessing news online, so the company was figuring out how they could best keep up with the changing face of news media.