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Roll out of digital newsroom to Merseyside leads to more job cuts

13 October 2014

The introduction of Trinity Mirror's Newsroom 3.1 to the Liverpool Echo, and Merseyside publications, could put seven jobs at risk.

The company announced a 30-day consultation of the adoption of the scheme where digital content is produced during the day and repackaged into the following day's paper. It was introduced in the north east in March and midlands in August.

The plans in Merseyside will create one job for a digital story editor, but will mean cuts of three subs, two reporters, plus  one in sport, at the Echo and a reporter on the Wirral News. There were two compulsory redundancies at Birmingham following the introduction of 3.1.

Chris Morley, northern & midlands organiser, said:

“Our members have known a Newsroom 3.1 restructure was coming, but the announcement has still come as a blow with an apparent substantial net loss of jobs if the plans are carried out as they are.
“This is in contrast to other centres where welcome investments in additional journalists’ jobs were made. We will be reminding management that digital output needs quality journalism just as much as newspaper production does if it is to be successful.
“Our members are at full stretch now, so we will be working hard with management to understand how they believe they can do more with less.”

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