Liverpool Daily Post becomes weekly after 150 years
24 November 2011
The Liverpool Daily Post is to cease being published as a daily and will become a weekly in the new year, with the loss of seven jobs. The newspaper has, for a century and a half, served up news and entertainment to the citizens of Merseyside.
Trinity Mirror has announced that it will start publication as a weekly on Thursdays from 19 January in cuts that will see seven members of staff made redundant. These redundancies follow an announcement by the group in past fortnight saying that the jobs of the parliamentary correspondent and syndication manager were under threat.
Three weekly titles, the South Liverpool Merseymart, Bootle Times and Star series will no longer be printed separately and distributed free, but will be inserted into the Liverpool Echo on a Tuesday. The Echo will be cut back to two editions from four. The chapel has not ruled out balloting for action over the issue of compulsory redundancies.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"The end of one of the country's most famous morning papers is a national tragedy. This paper was a part of my daily life when I grew up in the city and the people of Liverpool will lose out enormously.
"The move from daily to weekly production is part of a very worrying trend – and here we have yet another iconic city title biting the dust. Trinity Mirror should be investing in quality journalism, not killing off our local press."
Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands Organiser, said:
"This is the latest in a string of grim redundancy announcements by Trinity Mirror. Turning the Liverpool Daily Post into a weekly is a real gamble by the company with a title that has a prestigious history of publishing.
"As a union, we remain to be convinced that this format is likely to be a successful way forward in Britain's big cities. Trinity Mirror has already carried out a similar operation with the Birmingham Post some two years ago, but the jury is still out on the impact on circulation.
"We will be engaging with the company closely during the consultation now to take place, but our members are acutely conscious of the effect these cuts would have on already extremely stretched departments such as photographic."