APN News and Media's two major shareholders have forced the resignation of the trans-Tasman publisher's chief executive, chairman and three independent directors.
The regional and New Zealand newspaper publisher said on Monday chief executive Brett Chenoweth and chairman Peter Hunt would leave the company.
Independent directors Melinda Conrad, John Harvey and John Maasland will also leave.
All resignations take effect from 19 February.
Independent director Kevin Luscombe will retire in April 2013 as previously planned.
The resignations came after APN's two largest shareholders, Ireland-based Independent News and Media (INM) and funds manager Allan Gray, which together hold a 51 per cent stake, expressed opposition to a proposed pro-rata capital raising being considered.
Earlier on Monday, INM issued a formal notice calling for a meeting to vote out Mr Chenoweth, Mr Hunt, Ms Conrad, Mr Harvey, Mr Luscombe and Mr Maasland.
INM said it was not calling for the removal of directors Paul Connolly, Peter Cosgrove, Vincent Crowley and Albert Harris "to ensure APN will continue to have a sufficient number of directors".
In a trading update on December 19, 2012, APN said it was expecting net profit for calendar 2012 of between $51 million and $54 million.
That would represent a decline of up to 34 per cent from the $78 million net profit in 2011.
The company is due to present its full year results on Thursday.