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Time Out cuts threaten magazine’s future

13 November 2008

Time Out has entered into consultation with staff to cut up to 13 posts, representing 8 per cent of the workforce. The NUJ has warned that the the title is being put under threat because of managerial cost cutting.

NUJ members at the magazine believe the company is planning on making the vast majority of those cuts from editorial staff.

Journalists are particularly concerned that the proposed changes will seriously undermine their ability to specialise in particular fields. Under the proposals, all journalists below the level of section head will have to work across different sections, making it much harder for writers to bring the expertise needed to mark out the publication from its competitors.

People are also angered that, whilst a recruitment freeze has been put in place by management, a new appointment has been made at senior management level.

Fiona Swarbrick, NUJ Assistant Organiser, said:

"People are absolutely stretched to the limit already, so they're terrified about what these changes might mean for workloads and the quality of the magazine. Time Out is a paid-for magazine competing with a whole host of free papers and supplements. It has to compete on quality, so to cut staff to the bone is only going to undermine its ability to do well.
"Whilst the company is paying for senior managers to drive around in Aston Martins, the journalists are looking at bigger workloads and ultimately a poorer quality publication."

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