ACP: no comment on website closure rumours

Consultations with staff are under way

Updated: ACP Media CEO Paul Dykzeul has slammed a report suggesting the publisher planned to close down its websites, describing it as "defamatory and incorrect", according to the Stuff website. Dykzeul added he would be making a statement tomorrow about the company's position.

Earlier today, ACP Media was not commenting on rumours of major changes in its digital strategy, rumours that include the closure of several websites including Runway Reporter, which the company acquired in 2006.

Group publisher Debra Millar says the company is still in consultations with staff.

"It's premature to be making any announcements," she says.

To the suggestion that 12 staff are being made redundant, she replied: "That is not correct."

Lee Williams, ACP's head of digital, told Computerworld ACP is always reviewing its operations and is, in fact, planning a number of launches. He says the digital division is expanding and undertaking development work for ACP Australia.

The Independent reported a blog report yesterday that ACP was shutting some sites. Computerworld has also heard from two separate sources that redundancies are occurring and websites are to be closed.

(Disclosure: Fairfax Business Media, the publisher of Computerworld up to December 1, recently laid off staff as a result of the merger of Infego, FBM's technology titles and The Independent into a new business and IT publishing group)

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