Media24 closes loss-making titles

By Drum Digital
18 November 2014

Media24 will close four of its KwaZulu-Natal community newspaper titles.

Media24 will close four of its KwaZulu-Natal community newspaper titles, the publishing group said on Tuesday.

"Media24 continuously reviews the performance of its entire portfolio. As a result we have in principle taken a decision to close a few loss-making local newspapers in our extensive portfolio of community titles," general manager of news Ishmet Davidson said in a statement.

The affected titles were Zululand Fever, Ulundi Fever, Ballito Fever and Durban North Fever. Upper Coast Fever would not be closed.

Davidson said a pre-consultation meeting was held with staff at the affected titles and the consultation process was explained to them.

"During that meeting, staff were given an overview of the business, the cost-cutting initiatives which had already been implemented and the alternatives that had been considered."

The consultation process, which would begin next week, would determine how many staff would be retrenched.

All payments to staff would be made in line with the Labour Relations Act once the process has been finalised.

"Local newspapers remain a core component of our nationwide newspaper portfolio and we will continue to seek growth opportunities to expand our footprint," Davidson said.

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