Sunday edition of Liverpool Echo welcomed
8 January 2014
The National Union of Journalists has welcomed the launch of a Sunday edition of the Liverpool Echo.
The union believes Trinity Mirror was wrong to have closed the weekly Liverpool Post, but is heartened that staff have not been made redundant and will move to jobs on the Echo and its Sunday edition.
Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands Organiser, said:
"While the end of the Daily Post in Liverpool was mourned as the loss of a significant journalistic voice in the city, the start of Sunday publication of the Echo is to be welcomed. It clearly shows that there is still confidence in the printed word and I hope this investment will prove successful.
"Time will tell on that. But for sure, there will need to be commitment to the project by the company over the longer term and a real collaboration with staff about how this can be achieved with the resources available."
Trinity Mirror, owner of the Liverpool Echo, said:
"The Sunday Echo’s key components will be news and sport and it will fight for its readers and its city in the true tradition of the brand. There will be a strong focus on high-quality coverage of Liverpool and Everton football clubs and in meeting the demand for minute-by-minute football information from the passionate support base of the two clubs. The Sunday Echo will be priced at just 50p and the dummies produced have researched well with readers and offer advertisers an exciting new opportunity."
When the Liverpool Post closed at the end of last year after 158 years, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"The closure of the Liverpool Post is a sad ending for a paper that served its city so well for so long, serving up the kind of journalism that communities need. Its demise underlines why the NUJ is so concerned about the - in this case fatal - consequences of turning vibrant daily titles into weekly papers with scant resources and support."