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Jobs at risk as Mediacorp ends print runs of 8 DAYS, i-Weekly and ELLE

Mediacorp is to axe the magazines 8 DAYS, i-Weekly and ELLE leaving a number of staff members with an uncertain future.

The two weekly entertainment titles, 8 DAYS and i-Weekly, will publish their last editions at the end of September and both become fully digital products, Mediacorp announced today.

Meanwhile, women’s monthly fashion magazine ELLE will print its last edition in October 2018 with Mediacorp relinquishing the publishing licence altogether.

Mediacorp will also close its parenting advice website SmartParents.

The Singaporean media giant claimed it would “work hard to retrain and redeploy affected employees to other jobs” but admitted that potential redundancies were at stake.

According to ELLE Singapore’s website, the magazine is led by deputy editor Serene Seow and currently employs 11 members of staff across editorial, fashion styling, design and marketing.

Serene Seow, ELLE Singapore deputy editor

English-language 8 DAYS is currently led by chief editor Lau Kuan Wei, while Weiding Han heads up the Chinese-language i-Weekly.

A company statement read: “These decisions are in line with Mediacorp’s efforts to refresh the iconic 8 DAYS and i-Weekly brands as it focuses on building its own lifestyle and entertainment content. Through these brands, Mediacorp will continue to offer advertisers targeted, innovative solutions.”

Mediacorp chief customer officer Debra Soon added: “We appreciate the efforts of the teams who have developed these properties into the household names that they are today. Yet, it is imperative that we invest our resources in properties that are part of our future plans. As a result of the changes, a number of roles will be affected.

“Over the next six months, Mediacorp will work hard to retrain and redeploy affected employees to other jobs within the company’s various growth areas. Where this is not possible, eligible staff will be offered severance packages and outplacement support. On behalf of Mediacorp, I would like to thank everyone in our teams supporting 8 DAYS, i-Weekly, ELLE and SmartParents for their continuing contributions.”

The closures mirror similar media overhauls undertaken by Mediacorp last year when it stopped printing its daily newspaper Today .

The Singaporean print market has found itself badly hit by the migration of advertising dollars to digital media, with rival Singapore Press Holdings facing a similar crunch on resources.  

The media company recently axed the Saturday edition of The New Paper 18 months after merging it with My Paper. 

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