NUJ seeks reassurances on potential Express & Trinity Mirror deal
8 September 2017
The NUJ has voiced concerns about the potential implications of the proposed takeover of the Daily Express and Daily Star in terms of media plurality and employment in the national newspaper sector in the UK. The owner of the Daily Mirror has announced it is in talks to buy the newspaper titles and magazines.
Séamus Dooley, NUJ acting general secretary, said:
"The merger of national media titles would have implications for media plurality and diversity. We would want a clear understanding of how the editorial independence of the titles will be maintained. We believe that the best interests of staff would be served by the maintenance of independent editorial structures. There are a variety of implications for working practices and staff will be seeking reassurance about their future in any merger."
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:
"We are meeting management at the Express early next week and will be discussing the implications of this potential deal. Staff at all the titles will want swift information and reassurance about just what this could mean; and rightly are questioning just how it could work."