NUJ calls on Trinity Mirror to appoint a successor to Sly Bailey who has ‘faith in quality journalism’
Following the resignation of Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called upon the publisher to appoint a successor who has ‘faith in quality journalism’.
Bailey, who announced her resignation yesterday after 10 years in the role, will step down at the end of 2012.
The NUJ’s general secretary Michelle Stanistreet offered her reaction by highlighting the number of job cuts made by Bailey in recent years.
"Sly Bailey has presided over ten years of cuts and decline. She has cut the number of employees by almost a half and slashed budgets in some of the most important newspaper titles in the regions and the Mirror national titles to the bone. While Ms Bailey received well over £12m in pay, bonuses and other benefits since her arrival, her staff have been demoralised by endless rounds of job cuts and newspaper closures. Those who remain have found it increasingly difficult to provide quality news to the communities they serve,” said Stanistreet.
"A recent survey of our reps at Trinity Mirror revealed that staff shortages have meant that court cases and council meetings are not being covered and local papers are unable to fulfil their vital role as a public watchdog, holding local politicians and businesses to account.
"We said in March that Sly Bailey's continued stewardship was untenable. Her departure will be welcomed by the great majority of her staff who have seen her being rewarded for failure, while they have suffered pay freezes and increased workloads. There is a desperate need for a fresh start with imaginative corporate leadership committed to working in partnership with the workforce to build a growing business. The NUJ hopes the group's incoming board will reject the cuts-dominated agenda that has been the characteristic of the Bailey years and show faith in quality journalism,” she concluded.
Trinity Mirror’s annual general meeting will be held next week.