MX | Melbourne NewspaperNews Corp is axing its free afternoon commuter publication mX as readers continue their migration from print to online.
The Rupert Murdoch-controlled company said it would close the daily newspaper, which is distributed on train platforms and other CBD locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Staff have been told the publication will cease in two weeks (roughly June 12).
"The decision is a reflection of the changing reading habits of commuters, who now turn to their mobile phones and tablets on their way to and from work,"News Corp said in a statement.
"News will continue to invest in our extensive suite of print and digital products, which are purchased and read by millions of Australians every day."
The equivalent of 30 full-time journalists will be affected across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, but it is not clear how many will lose their jobs. Management has told staff redundancies are inevitable although they will try to redeploy some positions to other News Corp mastheads.
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Free commuter newspaper mX makes a comeback
mX is returning for four consecutive Wednesday's after News Corp and Carlton & United Breweries collaborated on the special series, published to coincide with the launch of Carlton Zero, the brewer's new nonalcoholic beer.
mX was last published in 2015, and the 2018 special editions will be available at Southern Cross, Flinders Street, Melbourne Central, Parliament, Flagstaff and Richmond stations on Wednesdays from 3pm.
All the classic sections are back, including mX Talk, Gloss and Glam and For What It's Worth.
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