Newsquest announced today that it was axing 17 editorial posts at the Northern Echo and its related weeklies and closing five district offices, capping another terrible week of economic news for the regional press. Journalists throughout Newsquest were told yesterday a pay freeze was being imposed until April. The Echo district offices to close are in Stockton, Redcar, Barnard Castle, Richmond and Thirsk. NUJ members at the paper are to discuss the cuts on Monday. Trinity also imposed a pay freeze this week and Northcliffe warned it would have to make "significant" savings next year.
Update: The NUJ members voted to ballot on industrial action and say they are totally opposed to compulsory redundancies.