NUJ responds to Johnston Press financial figures
19 March 2013
The NUJ has responded to the latest financial report from Johnston Press, criticising the cuts in staffing that have impacted on quality.
Johnston Press said, announcing the results, that 2012 had seen "substantial progress in the implementation of the Group's strategy. This has made the Group more efficient, and has reduced its cost base and its net debt significantly." The group announced an operating profit of £57m in 2012.
Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:
"Today's figures for the Johnston Press may look encouraging, but the loss of jobs – nearly a quarter of the workforce – between 2011 and 2012 is a great cause for concern, as is the fall in circulation of papers that have gone from being dailies to weeklies.
"The closure of district offices is taking reporters out of the heart of the communities they serve; this is doing a disservice to readers who want to know about their local news. While it is good that the group is making in-roads into the company's debt, the future of the group will be in real jeopardy if more job cuts are made. Readers will notice if quality falls as a result."