Midland News Association cutting 10 per cent of staff

The Midland News Association, publisher of the biggest-selling regional daily paper in Britain (the Express & Star), has begun the process of axing 10 per cent of its staff — a figure equal to 90 jobs.

The cuts are being blamed on “difficult trading conditions”, a concerning justification when the Express & Star tops regional sales figures with 116,000 copies a day in the West Midlands. MNA’s managing director, Alan Harris, said that “like every other newspaper publisher, the MNA is facing very difficult trading conditions and there seems to be no sign of improvement.

“If we are to continue to invest for the future in our publications, both in print and online, then we must make some cost savings.”

The company cut 120 jobs in 2008 and merged the business functions of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star to save £3m.

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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