Some of Australia’s biggest LGBT websites and magazines have ceased operating, amid claims staff and suppliers are owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid wages, superannuation and bills.
Evo Media, which owns brands like SameSame.com.au, SX Magazine, MCV, Queensland Pride and Blaze, has seen a mass exodus of staff over past months. Websites for samesame.com.au and gaynewsnetwork.com.au have been offline since last week.
The company is now being publicly shamed by former editors and employees.
Freelance journalist Serkan Ozturk, who previously worked for SX, has published a detailed investigation into the dealings of his former bosses.
“We were all worried for our own jobs and depressed by the situation,” ex-Blaze editor Ron Hughes told Mr Ozturk.
“Many of us have wasted years of our lives waiting for [Evo Media] to do the right thing by employees and the community but they have simply left a trail of destruction.”
Among the accusations of mismanagement are claims Evo Media inflated readership numbers, continually underpaid staff, and was headed by a manager legally banned from being a company director.
Many past employees say they have reported their missing superannuation to the ATO over many years, but complaints simply fall on deaf ears.
The future of all publications and websites is now uncertain, however a post on the SameSame.com.au Facebook page claims the brand is in hiatus and “cooking up something special”. It’s believed the previous owners of the site, Junkee Media, are attempting to reclaim it.
Read more about the unfolding story at True Crime News Weekly.
Evo Media could not be contacted for comment.