Nine has announced it is discontinuing its controversial sub-editing agreement with Pagemasters and bringing editorial production at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review in-house.
The titles will employ a substantial number of new staff in the coming months to bolster editorial production at each of the mastheads in Sydney and Melbourne.
Having all aspects of editorial production back in-house will better enable the three mastheads to raise the quality of their journalism for readers and subscribers. The equivalent of 24 new positions will be created by the changes, with sub-editors to work onsite in the newsrooms.
Nine’s publishing division has been a long-term partner of Pagemasters and executive editor ofThe Herald and The Age James Chessell and Financial Review editor-in-Chief Michael Stutchbury thanked them for their work over a number of years.
“This decision is warmly welcomed by the Financial Review as we believe it will allow us to redouble our efforts to build cross-platform production expertise and boost the quality of our products for subscribers,” Stutchbury said.
“This is great news that reflects the importance of The Age and The Herald’s journalism as well as the mastheads’ strong financial position,” Chessell said. “Subscribers expect quality and having our production resources as part of the same team will improve our ability to edit and present our journalism.”
Pagemasters will continue to provide some production services to the mastheads covering racing pages, TV listings, advertising feature page layouts and comment moderation.
Each masthead will move quickly to hire new staff with the new teams of sub-editors expected to be in place by September 30.