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News Corp Australia has confirmed a new round of redundancies from its Adelaide operation which produces The Advertiser, Sunday Mail and Messenger newspapers.

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A spokesperson for the Rupert Murdoch-owned company this morning confirmed the job cuts at the Adelaide newsroom.

News Corp’s national masthead The Australian reported today that about 20 subediting jobs and fewer than five photographers were to be canned as part of a voluntary redundancy scheme, with some jobs to be “outsourced”.

The company declined to confirm the numbers to The Australian, nor to others, telling InDaily this morning: “We don’t talk about numbers”.

The News Corp spokesperson stressed that none of the redundancies effected “newsroom reporting numbers”, and “we aim to redeploy as many people as possible to Pagemasters from production in the Adelaide newsroom”.  

“Pagemasters is owned by AAP, in which News has a 50 per cent share,” the spokesperson added.

The Adelaide newsroom has faced extensive cuts over the past few years including a mass retrenchment of staff photographers a year ago, some of whom found work with AAP.

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