19 Sep 2015

High-profile NZ Herald jobs under review

6:00 pm on 19 September 2015

The jobs of high profile columnists at the New Zealand Herald are under review as part of a restructuring.

The New Zealand Herald

The New Zealand Herald Photo: RNZ

The move comes as the newspaper prepares to merge its newsroom with others in the media group.

Media writer John Drinnan, who has been on staff at the Herald for nine years, said he was assessing his future at the newspaper after he was given a proposal by the company.

Brian Rudman is also understood to be fighting for his job writing about Auckland issues.

Dita De Boni wrote her last column for the paper last month, while other columnists James Griffin, Peter Calder and Paul Casserly have also been cut.

The National Business Review reported that up to 40 percent of the company's sales staff may also receive their marching orders.

Yesterday, Herald owner New Zealand Media and Entertainment, which also owns Newstalk ZB, announced plans for its print, digital and radio news teams to merge into one Auckland newsroom this year.

Herald managing editor Shayne Currie did not return Radio New Zealand's calls.

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