Trinity Mirror announces 'savage' cuts in Midlands titles
15 November 2011
Trinity Mirror has announced savage cuts to its titles in the Midlands, in what is feared could be the start of a broader cull throughout the group.
The cuts announced include the axeing of more than 50 editorial jobs and the immediate closure of three weekly titles – the Sutton Coldfield News, Chase Post and Stafford Post.
Production and features for Birmingham and Coventry are to be merged in a regional hub and staff photographers are being made redundant in a move to further casualise the workforce.
NUJ members in Birmingham are meeting today to consider their response to the cuts announcement.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary, said:
"Trinity Mirror is a group in crisis, a company without leadership. Sly Bailey is a one-trick pony whose only solution is to slash jobs, degrade journalistic quality and cheat readers – she should have been put out to grass a long time ago. Our members will vigorously defend their jobs and the future of these titles."
Chris Morley, NUJ Midlands organiser, added:
"There just seems to be no credible management plan to expand the business. It was on life support and it looked like had turned the corner. The question is why have they delivered such a devastating blow?"