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Channel M cuts 'latest blow to Manchester media'

29 April 2009

Guardian Media Group (GMG) announced yesterday that it wants to axe 41 out of 74 jobs at Channel M, the company's local TV station. The NUJ has warned that cutbacks will seriously damage the future of local journalism in Manchester and surrounding areas.

The cuts represent more than 55 per cent of full-time staff at the station and come after a major scaling back of the company's newspaper and online operations in the North West.

Manchester Evening News (MEN) Media recently announced significant job cuts and the closure of all its editorial offices except for its headquarters in Manchester city centre.

The NUJ was able to save a number of jobs and negotiate improved conditions for many staff as part of the reorganisation, but journalists and members of the local community are worried about the impact the changes will have on quality.

It has been reported that Channel M has been losing around £200,000 per month.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Regional Organiser, believes that the company should have done more to properly manage its business and thereby potentially avoid making such drastic cuts now. He 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."

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