MediaGuardian is reporting that a round of redundancies has forced six of Trinity Mirror’s 10 staff photographers off the payroll.
It leaves the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror with two photographers each. While three have chosen to leave voluntarily, another three are reportedly in negotiations which could end in “mandatory” redundancies.
The People, also owned by Trinity Mirror, hasn’t had a staff photographer for two years.
The cuts suggest that Trinity is happy to rely on using cheaper freelance photographers.
However, MediaGuardian’s Roy Greenslade has already spotted one possible issue: “Picture desks can still draw on a pool of experienced snappers who work as freelances. What happens when they retire?
“I know there are people who believe that taking pictures is easy.
“But I hope we are not going to lose the skills that have made British newspaper photographers among the best in the world.”
This article appears in issue 247 of Media Digest.