Don't close popular Midlands papers – sell them
16 November 2011
The NUJ is calling on publishing giant Trinity Mirror to put three popular Midlands papers up for sale instead of closing them.
The publishing group has threatened the axing of more than 50 editorial jobs and the immediate closure of three weekly titles – the Sutton Coldfield News, the Chase Post and Stafford Post.
Editorial production and features for Birmingham and Coventry would be merged in a regional hub and staff photographers are being made redundant in a move to further casualise the workforce.
Lawrence Shaw, NUJ negotiator, said:
"The only beneficiary of these closures is the Northcliffe group, the papers' rival in this area. It makes no sense to journalists to shut down popular papers that are full of adverts. That is why we believe the Trinity Mirror management must have an ulterior motive for the closures, which it is not revealing. We will be asking for answers and the chance for these paper to continue to serve their local communities."