Northcliffe Media has announced that it is set to cut more than 50 jobs across its regional newspapers in an effort to cut costs in the face of “very tough times”.
Copy-subs will bear the brunt of the axe, with the publisher reportedly looking to encourage journalists to “write stories directly into pages of pre-determined length,” according to Hold the Front Page.
Production hubs in Plymouth, Stoke and Nottingham are said to be most at risk, with the former set to lose all responsibility for producing titles such as the Plymouth Herald and Torquay Herald Express, which could be relocated to Bristol.
Alan Qualtrough, editorial director for South West operations, told Hold the Front Page: “Revenues have not returned in any shape or form to what we expected and we have to reduce our operating costs accordingly.
“We had reduced costs considerably last year by creating the [production] hubs but we now need to move forward even further.”
Daily Mail & General Trust, which owns Northcliffe Media, had to backtrack on optimistic profit claims in July after financial results fell far below expectations.
(Source: Hold the Front Page)