Eleven editorial jobs on the line at Leicester Mercury regional daily

By Hamish Mackay

February 15, 2012 | 1 min read

Eleven journalists’ jobs are on the line at the East Midlands regional daily – the Leicester Mercury.

HoldthefrontPage reports that management at the Northcliffe-owned newspaper is proposing an editorial restructure in which 11 editorial jobs could go.

HTFP quotes Mercury publisher David Simms as saying: “Over the last number of months we have reviewed our cost base as revenues, across all categories, have come under increasing pressure.

“Advertising revenue is down 45pc over a five-year period and circulation volume is down 30pc in the same period.

“We have looked at both the organisation and working practices of the newsroom to see how we can operate more effectively and efficiently.

“Our guiding principle has been to protect the newspapers ability to produce high quality content.

“As a result of this review, subject to consultation, we believe up to 11 roles in editorial are at risk of redundancy.

“The changes are essential to ensure we have a viable and vibrant business moving forward with a cost base to take advantage of the opportunities in the market.”


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