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NUJ statement on STV2

16 May 2018

John Toner, national organiser NUJ Scotland, said:  “Today’s announcement to cut 59 jobs across STV news and STV2 is a devastating blow to the staff who work tirelessly to provide some of the best news and current affairs programmes in Scotland. The loss of 34 jobs in news and the closure of STV2 with the ending of the flagship ‘STV News Tonight’ Scottish and international news programme  will lead to a massive reduction in the breadth and depth of news coverage viewers in Scotland currently enjoy. It is also clear that a multi-platform newsroom will introduce an entirely new way of working, which will have consequences for the way that news is gathered and delivered. Staff have worked extremely hard on the STV2 channel, and the quality of the output is not in doubt. The decision to bring this channel to an end is no reflection on the abilities or professionalism of the staff. We also find it bizarre that the Edinburgh edition of STV News at Six will cease and will be replaced with a 10-minute opt. The NUJ will work with STV management to try to reduce the number of redundancies required, and we are resolved that compulsory redundancies will be strongly opposed.”

STV2 axed as broadcaster cuts 59 jobs

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