Tuesday 24 February 2009

Grey Cardigan on Northcliffe: 'It's all about maintaining obscene profits'

Press Gazette's Grey Cardigan, the voice of the regional downtable sub, in a blog post gives his view of Northcliffe's plans to end local subbing.
Cardigan does not pull his punches when discussing the plans to transfer subbing from Northcliffe's dailies in the East Midlands, at the cost of around 50 jobs, to new subbing hubs in Nottingham and Hull so as "to meet the rapidly changing needs of the industry”.
Cardignan says: "That’s utter bollocks, of course. It’s got nothing to do with 'the rapidly changing needs of the industry' and everything to do with maintaining obscene and unsustainable profits - last year, a mere £68 million.
"Finally, we are assured that 'Editors will be fully responsible for their titles to preserve the local identity of newspapers and websites.'
"I wish them luck. They’re going to need it once local knowledge goes out of the window and stupid mistakes begin to litter their pages. Life is Local? Not any more."

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