Trinity Mirror moves Liverpool Echo to overnight printing
30 June 2009
The evening Liverpool Echo is to become an overnight paper from August – competing with its stablemate the Liverpool Daily Post.
A statement to journalists from owners Trinity Mirror says there will be no redundancies as a result but "some working patterns in advertising and in editorial will need to be reviewed."
Journalists at Trinity Mirror's Midlands titles are balloting for industrial action over the planned shake up that includes switching the evening Birminngham Mail to an overnight paper and cutting back publication of the morning Post.
NUJ members in Merseyside will meet next week to consider the proposals.
Jenny Lennox, NUJ assistant organiser, said:
"The company says this won't harm the Daily Post, but the staff don't believe it.
"A hundred printers have lost their jobs in the switching of production to Oldham – and we can't be sure what this means for journalists."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, who grew up in Liverpool, said:
"Trinity Mirror have already sacked scores of printers and journalists in Liverpool. Now they are setting the city's two great papers against each other.
"They are in danger of ripping the heart out of the Post and Echo which have always been at the heart of Merseyside.
"The union will support our members in Liverpool in any campaign to defend these historic titles."