Monday 14 November 2011

Trinity Mirror to cut 45 editorial posts in Midlands

Trinity Mirror Midlands has announced plans to cut 38 editorial posts by creating a regional production hub, a regional features unit and merging specialists reporter roles.

The company is also closing its free weekly titles the Chase Post, the Stafford Post and the Sutton News. The final editions of the weeklies will be published this week and their closure is expected to result in an additional seven editorial redundancies - making a total of 45 posts going.

The regional production hub will involving content editors from both Birmingham and Coventry and the features unit will provide entertainment annd lifestyle material.

Trinity Mirror Midlands said in a statement: "These changes are expected to result in a reduction in editorial headcount of approximately 43 across the Midlands businesses and Trinity Mirror has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff.

"In order for the new structure to be effective however, the proposals will also call for the recruitment of an additional five full-time editorial roles. As such, the restructure will result in a total net reduction in editorial roles of 38."

The cuts follow a review by new Trinity Mirror Midlands managing director Steve Anderson-Dixon. He said:“This review of our organisational structure is vital if we are to ensure a future for our newspapers and websites in the Midlands.

“We all need to work more closely as a region and sharing key resources is a key theme in these proposals. These actions will result in a reduction in the number of roles at all levels, across a number of offices and departments and we have entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff.”

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