GMG Radio has entered into consultation over what is through to be around a handful of jobs in its news teams, after it conducted a full review of its new resource across its stations.
The review involved the news teams for Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Real Radio XS, although the stations will aim to continue to produce national and regionally produced news during peack hours, it has said.
Stuart Taylor, chief executive of GMG Radio, said: “GMG Radio’s award winning news team has set new standards in commercial radio journalism during the last 10 years and our stations will continue to provide a high calibre of news programming that is relevant to the listener. The decision to reduce what has been an extremely well-staffed team has been an incredibly difficult one but if we are to remain commercially competitive during these tough economic times then we have to ensure that we are operating as efficiently as possible.
“We don’t anticipate that the planned staffing changes will impact materially on the overall listener experience,” he added.
The stations will use an external news service outside of peak programming hours.
GMG Radio currently employs 39 staff and freelance contracted journalists with the restructure expected to be completed in March.