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Newsquest cuts cull continues in London, Brighton and north Wales

29 March 2019

Newsquest cuts cull continues in London, Brighton and north Wales

The NUJ has condemned Newsquest's latest announcement to cut more jobs across the UK and the contempt it has shown for its poorly-paid professionals doing their best with so few resources and staff.

At the Brighton Argus, Newsquest plans to axe the roles of business editor, picture editor and one of the two remaining sports desk roles.

In South London, an editor and one of two remaining sub editor roles have been targeted for cuts. The titles affected are the Croydon Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Streatham  Guardian, Sutton Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian , Wimbledon Guardian, Elmbridge  Guardian,  Kingston Guardian, Richmond & Twickenham Times and the Surrey Comet

In Wales at Colwyn Bay the content manager and head of news jobs have been put at risk of redundancy with an accompanying proposal for one new role of audience and content editor to be created. The titles affected are the North Wales Chronicle, The Pioneer, The Rhyl Journal and the Denbighshire Free Press

The office in North Wales, part of NWN Media which was taken over by Newsquest in late 2017, has lost half of its four senior editorial staff in the past six months while producing four weekly titles plus supplements.

The company wants to make the cuts in a fortnight and in a letter to staff it claimed it had been reviewing all functions and would carry out reorganisations "so as to deliver efficiencies and reduce costs".
Chris Morley, Newsquest NUJ group coordinator, said: "With newsrooms throughout Newsquest so badly depleted after many years of constant job attrition, these latest cuts are a cruel blow to poorly paid professionals doing their best to make journalism work in a company that appears to show disdain for it.”

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