Ex-Employees Of News Of The World Go As Far As Siberia For Jobs

What happens to the 200 plus former employees of News of the World?  Former and now embattled chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks assured them that they would be taken care of.  At a hearing earlier in July she said, "We have endeavored to find them jobs – every single one of them will be offered a job." What they got  was a list of openings in regions as far flung as Siberia and foreign cities like Barcelona.  As part of the 90 day consultation period, former employees discuss severance packages and redeployment under other Murdoch brands like Dow Jones, but quickly realize that Brooks' assurances are unrealistic.  The majority of job offers are either non-editorial or involve a move overseas. "The idea that you would go from the News of the World to becoming an oil reporter for Dow Jones, a high end financial wire service, is laughable," said a former employee.  Other options include only three postings working for News of the World competitor, The Sun, but former NoW employees fear a competitive and toxic work environment if they're given preferential treatment over current staff.  A spokeswoman said: "We are exploring every opportunity to help employees affected by the closure of the News of the World find new roles."

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AlterNet / By Rae Gomes

Posted at July 28, 2011, 5:42am

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