Trinity Mirror sets out job cuts in digital shift


rinity Mirror’s regional papers are braced for more job cuts after the publisher announced 49 redundancies. The jobs to

go are print-related as the publisher moves to establish a standalone digital operation. The latest restructuring follows the

establishment of Birmingham Live last year. This has a digital editorial team separate from the Birmingham Mail newspaper, which is based in a different office. Plans for the regional cuts came soon after

Trinity Mirror purchased the Express group of newspapers from Richard Desmond, a move that has raised fears over the future editorial independence of the titles involved. Trinity Mirror bought the daily and Sunday newspapers and celebrity magazines including OK! magazine from Desmond’s Northern & Shell, plus the company’s 50 per cent joint venture interest in the Irish Daily Star, in a deal worth £126.7 million. The sale needs the approval of Trinity Mirror

shareholders and could be referred to the Competition & Markets Authority.

The cuts to Trinity Mirror’s local papers are

expected to affect Bristol, Gloucester, Somerset, Dorset, the East Midlands, West Midlands and the North West. In Tamworth, Staffordshire, 11 jobs are at risk including the group editor’s. Tamworth is a hub for free newspapers and the company has indicated that the business model is not sustainable for some titles. In the East Midlands, 16 roles could

disappear, affecting Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. The Burton Mail website will be shut and absorbed into Derbyshire Live.


arrie Gracie, the BBC’s former China editor and NUJ member has told MPs on the digital, culture,

media and sport select committee that the management of the BBC is incapable of resolving its gender pay crisis and needs external help. Gracie gave evidence following her

resignation as China editor, a move she made to challenge the fact that

she was paid significantly less than male colleagues in similar roles. The union is fighting equal pay cases on behalf of more than 100 women at the BBC. Ms Gracie, supported by the NUJ, had taken a grievance out at the BBC but resigned after she couldn’t achieve a satisfactory resolution. Equal value, page 12


NUJ leader gets 23% pay increase The general secretary’s

ichelle Stanistreet NUJ general secretary, has had a

23 per cent salary increase. The move, which takes her basic pay from £68,017 to £83,666, was made to correct a pay anomaly between her and her deputy, the assistant general secretary. The general secretary is

supposed to have a 12.5 per cent differential of pay between the assistant general

secretary who is also the Irish secretary, Seamus Dooley. The erosion of that differential became apparent when Michelle took maternity leave and Seamus, deputised for her.

total remuneration, including pension and car benefits now stands at £92,785. Barry McCall, chair of the finance committee of the union’s ruling national executive council, said: “The NUJ takes its commitment to equality extremely seriously and would never knowingly discriminate against any employee.”

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The jobs to go are print related as the publisher moves to establish a standalone digital operation

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EX TODAY EDITOR TO RUN WORLD SERVICE Jamie Angus, a former editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, has been appointed BBC World Service director. Angus, who joined the BBC in 1999, has also worked as acting editor of Newsnight, editor of the World at One and The World This Weekend, and editor of daily news programmes on World Service radio.

MEN EDITOR LEAVES AFTER SIX YEARS Rob Irvine, editor-in-chief of the Manchester Evening News, is leaving after six years in the role. Under his editorship, the paper’s website became the UK’s second biggest regional news website, behind London’s Evening Standard. Darren Thwaites, editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror North East, will take over as editor-in-chief.

I SITE VIEW FOR EX BUZZFEED EDITOR Luke Lewis, former Buzzfeed UK editor- in- chief, has been appointed to the newly created role of head of audience development for the inews website. The role will focus on reaching new audiences for news, lifestyle, entertainment, money, travel, sport and video.

NEW EDITORS IN THE SOUTH MIDLANDS Newsquest has named two new editors for the south Midlands. Michael Purton will be responsible for the Worcester News, the Malvern Gazette & Ledbury Reporter, the Evesham & Cotswold Journal and Berrow’s Worcester Journal. Stephanie Preece will be in charge of the Stourbridge, Halesowen & Dudley News, the Bromsgrove & Droitwich Advertiser, The Shuttle and the Redditch Advertiser.

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