Johnston Press forges ahead with plans to launch UK multi-platform ‘Entertainments Channel’

Regional publisher Johnston Press is forging ahead with its plan to launch a multi-platform “Entertainments Channel” in the UK.

The Edinburgh-headquarted publisher, which operates 250 newspapers and 220 local websites in the UK and Ireland, is advertising for an entertainments content manager who will head a new digital entertainments team based in the Scottish capital.

The advertisement states: “As part of our on-going strategy to accelerate our digital business we plan to launch a multi-platform Entertainments Channel in the UK.

“Our channel will take a leading position in the online entertainments business market and will provide existing and potential customers with everything they need to plan their leisure time.”

Meanwhile, media website, HoldTheFrontPage, reports that Johnston Press plans to outsource a department which develops the group’s websites - putting around 30 staff at risk of redundancy.

The company has announced proposals to outsource the work carried out by its technology solutions department, which is based in Peterborough, to IT services firm Endava.

It comes after the publisher announced plans last month to outsource half of its advertising creation teams to India, with the loss of 60-70 UK jobs.

Simon Pownall, group technology solutions director at Johnston Press, said the company would retain the services of 13 staff in Technology Solutions who are involved with commercial and associated systems, and the management of outsourcing relationships.