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Trinity Mirror announces ‘restructuring’ with 75 possible editorial job losses

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By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

February 1, 2012 | 2 min read

Trinity Mirror has today announced editorial restructuring proposals for its UK national titles, including the Daily Mirror,as part of its plan to become ‘one of the most technologically-advanced and operationally-efficient multimedia newsrooms’.

The proposals include the creation of a centralised reporting and production hub with teams working across all three titles, which the media owner says will allow for greater flexibility of staff working patterns over seven days, as well as the retention of bespoke editorial teams for each title to protect their unique identity.

Trinity Mirror has said that the restructuring, which is expected to lead to the loss of 75 editorial jobs, will create an increase in the range and depth of regional coverage, with ‘a number of additional district reporters to be recruited as the national titles invest in more reporters in major regional markets.’

It is also expected that there will be further development of ita outsourcing capabilities with an increase in the number of pages sent to the Press Association for subediting.

Trinity Mirror said in a statement: “The proposals will ensure the national titles are able to meet the economic challenges facing the industry and the technological revolution changing the way that readers obtain information.

“The wide-ranging plans take advantage of the company's multi-million pound investment in the ContentWatch editorial system which streamlines the production process and facilitates efficient online publishing.

“Richard Wallace will take on management responsibility for the new content and production hub in addition to his responsibilities as Editor of the Daily Mirror. All three national newspaper Editors, including Tina Weaver for the Sunday Mirror and Lloyd Embley for The People, will continue to report to Mark Hollinshead, Managing Director of Trinity Mirror's Nationals division.

“As a consequence of these changes it is anticipated that there will be a reduction in headcount of up to 75 editorial staff, comprising both full and part time staff, and the aim is to make as many of the redundancies as possible by voluntary means.

“Trinity Mirror has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff and their representatives.”

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