Editorial staff at the Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror and The People are set to be out of work as the company has announced a ‘wide-ranging’ editorial restructure. 03/02/2012
This will see the creation and implementing of a central reporting and production hub for all three titles. Between them, the three publications employ 400 staff with sub-editors likely to be affected by the cuts.
The proposed restructure includes plans to outsource many sub-editing roles to the Press Association .
Trinity Mirror issued a statement saying that a centralised hub will create greater working flexibility, whilst the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) suggested the cuts were massive and blamed top salary earners such as chief executive Sly Bailey for the diminished staff numbers.
‘Rather than invest in quality products – and continue to build on recent growth in circulation on the Sunday titles – the strategy is to cut jobs and compromise quality journalism. Where is the strategy for growth and the future? Journalists are paying with their jobs for the corporate mismanagement and incompetence of Sly Bailey and her senior executives – yet still they continue to award themselves lavish pay,’ said Michelle Stanistreet, the NUJ general secretary.
The announcement follows 35 cuts across the company’s Scottish titles as five offices closed in January of this year and the business was merged into one entity, Media Scotland. Last year there was a further 50 cuts to the publishers Midlands regional newspapers.
In 2010 the Trinity Mirror introduced and invested in its ContentWatch editorial management system which ‘streamlines the production process and facilitates efficient online publishing.’
It is thought that the latest round of proposals will create an even more effective multimedia operation, sustaining and ensuring a successful future for Trinity Mirror’s national titles.
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