Trinity Mirror closes three more titles
19 October 2016
Trinity Mirror has announced that it will be closing OneMK (Milton Keynes), Luton on Sunday and the Northampton Herald & Post, with the loss of six editorial staff.
The former Local World titles were bought back by Trinity Mirror as part of a £220m deal last October. The only newspaper left in its portfolio for the area will be Bedford in Sunday where it will be creating three new roles of content manager, reporter and photographer. It currently employs two reporters and an editor.
The decision was made without consultation with the union was presented to staff as a done deal.
Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:
"This announcement has come as a bombshell to staff on these titles. Once again Trinity Mirror has announced a shutdown of papers with no consultation with journalists or readers. Local people, democratic bodies, and businesses are going to be stripped of a voice, and plurality will be massively undermined.
"The company's actions smack of arrogance. These operations are already run on a shoe string and now more jobs are set to go. It is another big red warning flag hoisted over the crisis in quality local journalism. We urge local people to join our campaign for properly resourced local journalism. You can back the local journalists and show your support through email@example.com"
"Other Local World centres have been reorganised, merged and staff stripped out since the Trinity Mirror take over. They have been treated as the poor relation with poverty pay and only statutory minimum redundancy pay outs."
Kelvin Hopkins, MP for Luton North, said:
“The loss of a local newspaper and a platform for local views and opinion is a serious blow for all of my constituents and indeed for local democracy compounding the tragic loss of jobs for all the staff."