The media company officially explains the downsizing as follows: “It is a matter of necessary internal restructuring measures and a decline in orders,” the industry journal Newsroom.de quotes the management of “Austria”.
As a “legally required precautionary report”, “Austria” managing director Wolfgang Zekert confirms the report of the downsizing.
In the online news portal oe24.at alone, eleven of the 57 employees are said to lose their jobs, and 14 of the 74 employees in the print medium “Austria” are reported to be resigning.
As reported by eXXpress, publisher Wolfgang Fellner was exposed to violent attacks in 2021 – and the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Corruption (WKStA) carried out a search of the house in the so-called “leg scratching / advertisement case”.
A longtime industry insider said in an eXXpress conversation about this development: “Of course, it damages a company if employees of a competing company take action against the ‘Austria’ publisher with the help of the competitor’s lawyer. However, in this case it will probably also affect many family fathers or single mothers who are now losing their jobs because a legal feud has been celebrated here. “
And the journalist warns: “Nobody in the other publishing houses should break into malice – hardly any of the Austrian print media houses are doing really well economically due to the corona situation, after the reduction in government advertisements and due to the massive increase in paper prices there. There is still more bad news to be expected. “
The media expert also mentions another reason why a complete turnaround will take place in the newspaper industry: “The publishers of paper newspapers for free removal and for retail sale will have to massively reduce their circulation: This trend is over, the smartphone rules our lives – New media with TV offerings such as eXXpress make use of this. And in times of viruses and pandemics, fewer and fewer people like to attack used paper in public transport that someone else might have held in their hands a short time before. “