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Jobs to go as Ham&High publisher moves production to Norwich

16 July 2014

Twenty four jobs are at risk on Archant newspapers if the company goes ahead with a proposal to move editorial production of titles in London, Kent, Hertfordshire and Cambridge to Norwich.

Miller Hogg, Archant East's managing director said:

"Following a review of editorial production processes across Archant East's weekly newspaper titles in London, Kent and Hertfordshire and Cambridge, a proposal has been made to move production for all 25 titles to a single extended editorial production unit in Norwich."

He said 10 new roles will be created in Norwich and one in London, but 24 editorial production staff will be at risk of redundancy. Consultation will begin shortly with affected staff.

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:

"The low-paid journalists at Archant, who have already borne pay cuts and pay freezes, now face losing their jobs in the name of efficiency. Meanwhile Archant chief executive Adrian Jeakings was paid £284,000 plus a cash supplement of £82,000 last year.
"Uprooting more than 100 miles to work in Norwich is simply not realistic for those affected. Archant should engage in a genuine consultation on alternatives to these proposals and demonstrate they properly value quality local journalism and value their staff. Readers of Archant papers who support the campaign should contact the NUJ for more information."

Archant's 25 weekly newspaper titles in London, Kent and Hertfordsire and Cambrdgshire includes the Ham&High, Newham Recorder, Kent on Sunday, Welwyn & Hatfield Times and Hunts Post.

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