NUJ calls for consultation on plans for Isle of Wight County Press
© Isle of Wight County Press
21 November 2017
Fears that cuts would inevitably follow the sale of the Isle of Wight County Press have proved correct, as Newsquest has called for voluntary redundancies four months after it bought out the independent publisher.
A Newsquest spokesman, quoted in the Press Gazette, said:
“An announcement has been made at the Isle of Wight County Press inviting employees to apply for voluntary redundancy if they wish to do so. This is regrettable but forms part of our plan for the Isle of Wight County Press to have a sustainable future.”
Staff at the newspaper had called on shareholders of the title to look for an alternative owner. They said past experience of Newsquest had shown the American-owned newspaper group sought cost-cutting rather than investing in journalism. The NUJ chapel said at the time of the sale: “The people of the Island deserve a quality newspaper. We take huge pride in working for the CP, and we all live and work in the community."
Andy Smith, newspapers organiser, said:
“If Newsquest have a plan for the County Press then they should share it with the staff so that the redundancy offer can be considered as part of a meaningful consultation over changes that will affect everyone. There is very real concern that the commercially valuable skills of journalists, some of whom who have worked at the County Press for decades, will be lost with the imposition of a one size fits all publishing model.”