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Johnston Press to centralise Northern Ireland/Donegal operations

11 December 2008

Johnston Press announced today that it intends to bring all its subbing and production work acrosss Northern Ireland and Donegal into one centre at Craigavon.

The NUJ has warned that proposals will undermine quality. The changes affect a host of titles, including the Derry Journal, Donegal Democrat and Belfast Newsletter.

Johnston Press made £178 million operating profits last year, which meant its profit margin was at 27 per cent, far in excess of what is expected by most commercial organisations.

Nicola Coleman, NUJ Irish Organiser, said:

"The proposals are a real shock to our members. Newspapers do well when they're close to the communities they serve. Local stories need an expert local eye, so any plans to centralise production mean quality is bound to suffer.
"The plans are deeply worrying for many of our members because it would be completely impractical for them to travel to work at Craigavon everyday. NUJ members will be meeting over the next few days to look at the implications of what is being proposed by management and to prepare their response."

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