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More design changes at The Guardian with sport at back of paper Tuesday to Friday

By Hamish Mackay

December 19, 2011 | 2 min read

The Guardian is to revert to sport at the back of the paper from Tuesdays to Fridays from the middle of January – one of a series of design changes.

The standalone sports section will be integrated into its traditional place with the newspaper reducing the number of sections it publishes to two.

The number of pages published will also reduce slightly, with the newspaper losing one or two pages of sport from the existing 10. Separate sport sections will remain on Monday and Saturday.

The paper says that weekdays will also see a page dropped from the five-page comment section, and the obituaries section reduced from two to one pages.

However, the changes will mean a cutback on casual staff.

Says The Guardian:”The design changes will be accompanied by an editorial reorganisation that aims to save about £1 million a year by rationalising sub-editing operations to cut back on the use of casual staff – the latest in a string of financial measures that have seen the newspaper put up the weekday price to £1.20, seek voluntary redundancies and scrap overseas printing.

“That will also see the introduction of a clear structure for producing pre-prepared packages of news, based on a model pioneered by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

“This will be a mixture of investigative journalism and scheduled packages based on the knowledge that a particular event – such as a political speech or a release of economic data – is due on a set day.”

The changes will not affect the Saturday Guardian or The Observer. Both the weekend papers will be subject to a design and organisation review next year.

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