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Forty five jobs at risk on Trinity Mirror titles

4 June 2015

Trinity Mirror has announced it is to cut 19 jobs in Birmingham and six jobs in Coventry as part of a newsroom restructuring towards “becoming truly digitally focused".

Twenty jobs are also at risk in Scotland.The titles affected include the Daily Record, Sunday Mail, Paisley Daily Express, the website, Business Insider and around 20 weekly and bi-weekly local newspapers.

A letter to staff from the company said:

 "These proposed changes are based on an evaluation of the rate of growth of our digital audiences, demand for digital content and the level of content we need for our printed editions. In the restructured newsroom, each and every member of the team will be fully focussed [sic] on building their digital audience and therefore their contribution to our digital growth. The emphasis will be on a flatter management structure, multi-skilled teams and more agile ways of working."

Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands Organiser, said:

"There is no disguising quite how devastating and demoralising this announcement will be for journalists in Birmingham and Coventry.  It is yet another big slice of the Midlands' editorial workforce to go following a series of similar-sized cuts since 2008.

"It is particularly paradoxical to note the axe is poised over 'content gathering' roles. We were all told that under the digital revolution content is king. Why do you need fewer journalists to produce content for digital audiences?
"We will leave no stone unturned with management to find a better outcome and maximise the number of journalists who still retain a livelihood with Trinity Mirror in the Midlands. We expect the company to be ready and willing to hear the ideas and alternatives from our members as the process unfolds."

In an email to staff, Media Scotland managing director Alan Rennie said:

“Like all media companies we face revenue declines in print advertising and circulation. While we have made excellent progress in mitigating those declines through digital revenue growth we still face business challenges and it is important to manage our costs.”

The NUJ will now be consulting with the chapels affected.

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