Friday, 6 March 2009

Archant to axe 50 editorial jobs

The suffering continues in the regional press with Archant Norfolk today announcing it is cutting more than a quarter of its editorial staff as part of a move to a single news team across its morning and evening titles.
HoldtheFrontPage reports the company, which publishes the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and associated websites, is seeking 54 redundancies out of the 179 staff in its editorial department.
It also announced it plans to implement a new editorial system in the coming months which will enable journalists to create and publish copy for both print and web use.
Archant Norfolk says the new system will enable it to move towards a single news team supplying content for all its print and web brands - a model that has already been adopted at its sister company in Suffolk.
Managing director Stephan Phillips said in a company statement: "The newspaper sector is not immune to the general downturn in the economy and we have to make tough decisions about staffing levels like many other businesses.
"We have reduced staff numbers in our other departments such as marketing and advertising sales recently and editorial has not been subject to any major review in the last two years. "

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