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Newsquest targets Berkshire for cuts

17 September 2015

Newsquest have launched a round of cuts and editorial redundancies at the Reading Chronicle, Slough Observer and Bracknell News.

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:

"What Newsquest is doing is absolutely shocking and exposes the reality of life working for the company. Within a few short months of acquiring these titles they have blithely stripped out roles and taken the axe to experienced staff; is this the 'opportunity' CEO Henry Faure Walker referred to when the papers were acquired?

"Under these proposals the papers would lose four out of five professional photographers plus other key editorial staff. Reading has already seen one of its papers shut down, now another is being rapidly denuded. Journalists and readers should make common cause to decry these cuts."

Newsquest is also proposing to cut editorial staff at its Southampton and Basingstoke sites.

If you work for Newsquest and are worried about what's happening at your paper email:

Support the NUJ local news matters campaign. What you can do to help:

If your paper is being affected, please ask your MP or local councillor to get in touch with Newsquest and ask them to intervene to stop the cuts to local newspapers. You can contact your member via the write to them website:

Get in contact with the Newsquest & Gannett management @Gannett:
Henry Faure Walker, chief executive, Newsquest Media Group Ltd, 30 Cannon Street,  London  EC4M 6YJ  @faurewalker

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