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Guardian Media executive's bonus slammed by NUJ

31 July 2009

Guardian Media Group's (GMG) 2009 annual report published today confirms that the head of Regional Media received a £47,000 bonus. The The NUJ has hit out at the decision by Mark Dodson, Chief Executive of GMG Regional Media, to accept the money, which equates to almost 10 per cent of the division's operating profits.

Some other GMG executives waived their bonus entitlements for the year.

In a joint statement, the NUJ's reps at MEN Media expressed dismay at the decision given the sacrifices made by staff.

The full statement by Bethan Dorsett, Jennifer Williams and Judy Gordon, NUJ Mothers of Chapel at MEN Media, reads:

"This has been the worst year in Guardian Media's history. At the Manchester Evening News and its weekly titles alone, more than 70 jobs have been axed and all our local newspaper offices have vanished.
"Our members in GMG Regional Media, including Surrey and Berkshire, have been asked to make huge sacrifices – is it too much to ask that CEO Mark Dodson sacrifice his bonus (as many of his fellow directors have done)? He is taking a £47,000 bonus, bringing his salary to £309,000.
"That bonus could have paid the salaries of two weekly reporters. It could have avoided some of the compulsory redundancies on the MEN.
"Mr Dodson says that all our sacrifices have been to secure the future of GMG Regional and ultimately the Guardian. So why is he not prepared to sacrifice his bonus – the equivalent of nearly 10 per cent of our slim profits?"

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