Journalists have issued a vote of no confidence in two senior managers after redundancies were announced by a regional publisher.
Members of the National Union of Journalists’ chapel at Newsquest South West London have unanimously passed the vote against regional managing director Roger Mills and director of advertising Dene Stuart.
It came after the company announced today a three-month consultation over an unspecified number of redundancies affecting editorial staff – as part of a restructure to make the newsroom ‘more efficient’.
Titles affected by the announcement include the Sutton Guardian, Croydon Guardian and the Richmond and Twickenham Times – with two news editors in the Twickenham office already being told one of their positions is at risk.
In a statement, the NUJ said its members believe the redundancies are a result of Mr Mills taking on responsibility for Newsquest East London and Newsquest London, in addition to his role as managing director of Newsquest South London.
It added: “The redundancies have been ordered despite Newsquest recording profits of £71.7m in 2009, a third of which is provided by its London arm.”
Mr Mills was not available for comment at the time of publication.