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End of an era as northern evening titles switch to overnight printing

9 October 2014

Journalists from the News & Star in Carlisle and the North West Evening Mail, Barrow, are meeting tonight to discuss the announcement that the evening newspapers are to switch from on-the-day to overnight printing

Their publisher, Robin Burgess, chief executive of the family-owned CN Group, said the change would result in the papers having "a longer shelf life" He said:

“These are positive moves to help secure the role all our titles play in their local areas, but it is sad because, if we do go ahead, we will be losing our drivers, many of whom have worked with us for many years.”

The decision means the loss of 29 van drivers' jobs.

The union will now consult with the management and will work hard to ensure changes to journalists' work patterns are acceptable and quality journalism is maintained.

Chris Morley, northern and midlands organiser, said:

"This is clearly a significant point in the history of these well-respected and quality newspapers that are a crucial part of everyday life for the communities in Cumbria. Unfortunately, we have not been told with any clarity by the company how the changes will be a success, nor what the full implication is for the editorial departments. This is something we will be discussing with our members and consulting fully with management."

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