The NUJ has reacted angrily to the Guardian Media Group's job cuts at local television station Channel M in Manchester following those at the company's Manchester Evening News and associated weekly newspapers.
The union claims that cutbacks by GMG will seriously damage the future of local journalism in Manchester and surrounding areas. The company announced on Tuesday that it wants to axe 41 out of 74 jobs at Channel M.
NUJ Northern regional organiser Chris Morley said: "Guardian Media Group has become the terminator-in-chief of journalists' jobs. In one fell swoop, it is looking to cut well over half of the staff at Channel M where the workforce has given their all to make the project work. This is a massive blow and little more than a kick in the teeth for all their efforts.
"GMG Regional Media has already cut down nearly half of all journalist jobs in its North West print operations this year and now this. We are looking to meet with staff and will work hard to find the best possible outcome from this disaster."