(Note: All these reports are extracted from information published on journalist-dedicated sites on the Internet – such as holdthefrontpage.co.uk, Media Guardian and journalism.co.uk)
December 13: Johnston Press has confirmed that 11 editorial jobs are at risk as a result of plans to centralise subbing operations across its Northern Irish titles by moving the subbing function for all its titles in the province at one centre in Craigavon with a net reduction in 11 posts. Titles affected by the change include The News Letter, Derry Journal, Donegal Democrat and a number of other weekly papers.
December 12: CN Group (Cumbria) has increased the proposed job cuts in a planned restructure from 30 to 40. It is expected that 27 of these will go at CN’s Carlisle HQ and a further 13 at its subsidiary Furness Newspapers, Barrow.
December 12: Newsquest – 19 full-time staff and one part-timer will compete for nine new positions in a shake-up of Newsquest’s Lancashire and Cumbria operations.11 editorial jobs and one part-time post are under threat at the ‘Citizen’ titles in Blackpool, Preston, Chorley and Lancaster – editor, deputy editor, sub-editor, two photographers, news editor, two senior reporters, three trainees and a part-time sub-editor.These are is in addition to eight jobs under threat at Kendal-based weekly the Westmorland Gazette – assistant editor (production), senior reporter (features), trainee reporter, business editor, designer/sub editor, sports editor, sports reporter and web editor. Editorial production of the Westmorland Gazette, South Lakes Citizen and associated titles will be centralised in Blackburn.
December 11: Newsquest – the union representing print workers at Newsquest‘s Bolton print plant says the publisher is looking to end production, putting up to 80 jobs at risk. The Bolton site is purpose-built and is only seven years old and it is claimed will cease production on of December 19.
December 10: Newsquest is planning to cut at least eight jobs across its Worcestershire and Herefordshire titles. The proposed cuts will affect several departments in the Worcester News, the Berrow’s Worcester Journal and the Evesham Journal among its publications.
December 10: Newsquest’s West Wales division – office in Milford Haven is to shut, costing two jobs, the Milford Mercury will be produced from Haverfordwest alongside the Western Telegraph and .the South Wales Guardian, based in Ammanford, will lose one reporter.
December 9:Newsquestis planning to close 11 newspapers in the north-west of England leading to further editorial and commercial job cuts. It plans to centralise newspaper planning operations at Blackburn for all its north-west titles and create three regional editorial production hubs that will be responsible for all subediting. The restructure under consideration would see 10 free weekly newspapers cease publication.These include the Blackpool Citizen, the Preston Citizen, the Lancaster Citizen, the Westmorland Messenger, the Congleton Guardian, the Macclesfield Community News, the Hale Community News, the Knutsford Community News, the Lancashire Auto Exchange and the Manchester & Merseyside Auto Exchange. In addition, the publisher is looking at closing the monthly Wilmslow and Bramhall Community News title. The Leigh Journal could be transferred into its Guardian Series, which will affect 12 employees in both editorial and advertisement sales departments. It is also considering creating a single regional classified operation in Cheshire to serve its Guardian Series, Messenger and Wirral Globe newspapers.. The Chorley office is to close with the staff transferring to Blackburn.(Source: Media Guardian).
December 9: Newsquest North West is considering closing its £17m printing plant in Bolton which opened in 2001.If the move goes ahead, printing of its two dailies The Bolton News and Lancashire Telegraph will switch to outside Newsquest with the North Wales Newspapers’ plant in Flintshire one option being considered. (Source: holdthefrontpage) A month after making five redundancies in Bolton, Bury and Leigh, Newsquest has announced further cost-cutting that it is understood will see the Bury Times office close and the editor made redundant.
December 8: Johnston Press is exploring a possible merger of production and photographic departments at The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News which may lead to job cuts..
December 8: Telegraph Media Group is considering outsourcing some of its production operations away from its headquarters in Victoria, which is expected to involve some of the subbing work currently undertaken in the supplements department.TMG management told staff last Thursday that the company was seeking in the region of 50 redundancies across its editorial operations before Christmas.
December 5: Johnston Press introduce a pay freeze following similar moves by Trinity Mirrorand Newsquest. The company said that, as a result of the continued severe downturn in advertising markets, 2009 basic salary reviews will be deferred for a period of six months for all employees.
December 5: Newsquest – Hereford Times and Ludlow and Tenbury Wells Advertiser , produced from the main Hereford office by an editorial team of 22, to cull to two reporters, a photographer and sub-editor.
December 4: The (London) Evening Standard is to cut the number of daily editions from three to two from Monday and withdraw the paper from newsagents in some of its outlying circulation areas. The Standard dropped from four to three editions in 2006. Newsagents in Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham will no longer receive the Standard.
December 3: Newsquest – More than 200 journalists at The Herald, Evening Times and Sunday Herald, Glasgow, titles have been given redundancy notices and told to re-apply for jobs in a new merged newsroom. It is expected to result in around 30-40 fewer jobs.
December 1: Archant Norfolk – Managers at the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News announced a “productivity review” to be carried out this week. Consultants are being brought in at the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News to measure journalists’ output. Staff told there no specific plans for cost-cutting or job losses…
November 28: Newsquest – Eight editorial jobs are expected to go at the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
November 27: Trinity Mirror – Huddersfield Daily Examiner is to move to overnight printing The plan mean the loss of 16 van drivers’ jobs, three transport supervisors and four editorial roles being axed.
November 27: Trinity Mirror – The Liverpool Daily Post is to scrap its Saturday edition. November 27: Trinity Mirror – A total of 59 journalists’ jobs and a further 19 non-editorial roles are set to go across the Merseyside and North-West regions including the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post, North Wales Daily Post, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Chester Chronicle and Southport Visitor. The largest number of editorial job losses will occur at the company’s main regional centre at Old Hall Street, Liverpool, where 43 out of 175 existing posts will go.
November 27: Carlisle News Group – News and Star, Carlisle, and the North West Evening Mail, Barrow, along with weeklies including the Whitehaven News, Cumberland News and Hexham Courant is to shed 30 jobs and freeze pay increases. The group has already decided that its radio stations in Banbury and Coventry will be sold or closed down and there will be no pay increases for staff next year.
November 26: Northcliffe – Herald Express, Torquay, five sub-editors being reduced to two, casual staff shed including at least six community correspondents on local news pages, and the sub-editor who worked on them; copy from the Herald Express, Exeter’s Express and Echo and Plymouth dailies The Herald and Western Morning News will be available for sister papers. Western Morning News’ two reporters in Torquay office told they could lose their jobs or be moved to the Herald Express.
November 25: Guernsey Press to shed around ten jobs due to advertising downfall.
November 25: Newsquest – Northern Echo, Darlington and Stockton Times, Durham Times and the Advertiser Series – 17 editorial jobs to be culled at the Darlington centre.
November 24: Observer Standard group – staffing levels are to be reduced by 20pc across the company – up to eight editorial jobs to go. Titles include the Bromsgrove Standard, Coventry Observer, Kenilworth Observer, Redditch Standard and Worcester Standard.
November 24: Northcliffe – Somerset Guardian & Somerset Standard to merge; Standard’s office at Frome to close.
November 21: Trinity Mirror is seeking voluntary the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail
November 21: Daily Mail and General Trust – Grimsby Telegraph and sister papers Scunthorpe Telegraph, Lincolnshire Echo and Hull Daily Mail, currently printed at the plant in Grimsby to have printing moved to either Leicester, Stoke or Derby. 60 print jobs to go.
November 21: Newsquest – Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen offices to close and relocate to Blackburn (30 miles away!) leaving one reporter to cover area.
November 18: Iliffe News & Media Group – 80 jobs to go at Cambridge & Staffordshire; Close Burton Mail’s Swadlincote office; editions already cut at Cambridge.
November 14: Trinity Mirror – Eight jobs including two editors to go; offices to close at Aberdare, Ebbw Vale, & Neath, affecting Merthyr Express, Rhymney Valley & Gwent Gazette, Rhondda Leader, Pontypridd Observer, Cynon Valley Leader, Glamorgan Gazette & Neath & Port Talbot Guardian.
November 12: Newsquest – Southern Daily Echo, Basingstoke Gazette, Andover Advertiser, Hampshire Chronicle, & Salisbury Journal – centralised subbing, 43 jobs threatened
November 7: Trinity Mirror – Newcastle Journal, Evening Chronicle, Sunday Sun to operate single newsroom; Five district offices at Guisborough, Stockton, Redcar, Durham & North Shields to close.
October 27: Midland News Association – Wolverhampton Express & Star and Shropshire Star & weeklies merging some operations; Express & Star printing to be moved.
October 21: Newsquest – Bucks Free Press – five jobs to go.
October 16: Bolton Evening News group – Bolton News, Bury Times, Bury Journal, Leigh Journal to have less editorial content.
October 14: Archant Suffolk – East Anglia Daily Times & Evening Star to pool content along with weeklies.
October 8: Cumbrian Newspapers – Carlisle News and Star & Barrow North West Evening Mail to centralise at Carlisle.
October 6: Newsquest – Waltham Forest Guardian, Wanstead & Woodford Guardian, Epping Forest Guardian – 12 jobs to go in restructuring.
September 26: Tindle Newspapers Enfield Gazette to go ‘free’ and reduce coverage content.
September 23: Kent Messenger – close offices in Dover, Faversham, Sittingbourne & Tunbridge Wells; radio studios at Maidstone and Tonbridge to close.
September 16: MEN Media (Guardian Group) – Six branch offices to close – Heywood Advertiser & Middleton Gazette to move into Rochdale Observer offices; Didsbury & Beswick offices to close; Accrington office to close; South Manchester Reporter & Manchester Metro News at Didsbury to move to Stockport; Macclesfield Express & Wilmslow Express to combine in Macclesfield; Beswick staff to move to Tameside.
September 11: Johnson Press – Shoreham Herald – three jobs cut.
September 10: Newsquest – Hampshire Chronicle & Romsey Advertiser – Sports department moved to Southampton; Winchester & Romsey offices to be cut back.
September 8: Trinity Mirror – Abergele Visitor, Rhyl & Prestatyn Visitor, Your Vale, to be replaced with Denbighshire Visitor; in Lancashire, Midweek Advertiser, Ormskirk, Huyton & Roby Star to close; Formby Times to go free and office to close along with Crosby and Ormskirk offices; Wirral News Group editions reduced and one closed.
September 5: Johnson Press – Anglia Newspapers – possible redundancies, including editors of Haverhill Echo & Suffolk Free Press.
August 28: Archant – Eastern Daily Press & Norwich Evening News – 21 jobs threatened.
August 19: Trinity Mirror -Midlands area – sell or close seven weekly titles. Centralise editorial.
August 7: Johnson Press – Sheffield Star – close Barnsley and Rotherham branch offices and make two district reporters redundant in addition to some head office jobs.
August 6: Johnson Press – Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland on Sunday 30 jobs, including some in editorial to go.
August 1: Johnson Press – Kettering – Northants Evening Telegraph, Northhampton Chronicle & Echo to be printed overnight; printing to be moved to Peterborough.
July 15: Newsquest – Brighton Argus – close weekly Sports Argus, reduce two editions to one.
June 19: Johnson Press – Central Counties Newspapers (Aylesbury) 34 assorted jobs to go on 18 titles.
June 18: Newsquest – Yorkshire Evening Press (York) – eight jobs to go
June 18, 2008: Newsquest – Northern Echo – cut four of five district editions; six jobs to go.