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Out in the Cold

News of the World staff offered new jobs... in Siberia

Staff who were made redundant in the aftermath of the phone-hacking scandal have been left out in the cold… literally.

NEWS INTERNATIONAL STAFF who lost their jobs when the company shut the News of the World two weeks ago have been offered new jobs… in Siberia.

Staff at the former title have been angered at the jobs being offered by News International, the Guardian reports, with only a handful of jobs in anyway comparable to those they have just lost.

Although 283 staff were made redundant when the News of the World was shut, only six tabloid positions have been offered – with the bulk of the offers limited to administrative roles or requiring a move overseas.

Among the journalism jobs being offered, Lisa O’Carroll reported, is a job working for the Wall Street Journal’s publisher, Dow Jones, as an oil reporter in Russia’s barren northern territories.

One former employee summed up their response thusly:

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.

Among the other job offers, the Daily Mail said, were posts in Helsinki and Barcelona – though, again, these jobs would see applicants doing high-end financial reporting for Dow Jones.

Of the six tabloid positions being offered, three are with the Sun – which is expected to expand into a seven-day operation to fill the void left by the NotW – and three with the NotW’s old ‘Fabulous’ magazine which is now included with the Sun on Saturdays.

A list of selected jobs offered was originally published by Trevor Davies, the NotW’s former technology editor, on his personal Tumblr – though Davies has since deleted the list after it began to pick up media attention.

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