Independent News & Media Plans Global Restructuring

19 December 2003

Global newspaper group Independent News & Media is launching a £37.6 million ($66.5m; €53.6m) restructuring programme as it prepares for an advertising upturn.

IN&M -- the family-controlled fiefdom of Sir Anthony O'Reilly -- plans to cut 565 jobs as it seeks to reduce clerical and back-office costs across its worldwide operations. It hopes to save £13m a year as a result.

O'Reilly said that, with the advertising market still volatile but on the way up, it was an "appropriate time to take this important and far-reaching restructuring opportunity enabling us to be the low-cost operator in all of our markets."

As well as in its native Ireland, IN&M holds assets in the UK (including national newspaper The Independent), Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The restructuring is due to be completed by the end of next year.

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