Veteran journalist Billy Sloan takes voluntary redundancy from The Daily Record and Sunday Mail

Scottish broadcaster and music journalist Billy Sloan, a familiar face in Scottish media, is understood to be one of the 71 redundancies that took place at The Daily Record and Sunday Mail last week.

Sloan, who was a veteran journalist and columnist for the Sunday Mail, is understood to have been one of 45 editorial staff to accept voluntary redundancy, with another 26 were handed voluntary redundancy from the newspaper and departed last week.

Sloan continues to host a radio programme on Radio station Clyde1, where he features up-and-coming Scottish music acts.

At the time of writing, no one from Trinity Mirror, publisher of The Daily Record & Sunday Mail had commented on the departure.

The publisher announced that it was to make 90 redundancies as it moved to use more content from its London-based sister titles, in a bid to cut costs. Following meetings with the National Union of Journalists, the publisher cut the number of redundancies to 71 as it looked to pick up readers within the Sunday tabloid marketplace, with the closure of the Scottish News of the World.

The NUJ has said that it believes the move will 'dilute' the Scottish tone of its Glasgow-based newspapers as a result.

When asked for a comment, a spokesperson for Trinity Mirror in London claimed never to have heard of Sloan, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years.

Updated: Trinity Mirror has confirmed that 85 people left the company as a result of its redundancy process.

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