26 October 2014

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MPs urge debate over Trinity Mirror job cuts

A group of Welsh MPs has tabled a Commons motion protesting over potential job losses at Trinity Mirror.

The regional publisher announced last week that it was axeing 92 posts at its regional titles at the same time as creating 52 new roles across its national and regional divisions.

Around 16 of the posts are set to be lost are at Cardiff-based Media Wales, which publishes the Western Mail and South Wales Echo.

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) in protest at the move, with the support of fellow MPs Hywel Williams and Elfyn Llwyd.

It states:  “This House expresses deep concern at the announcement by Trinity Mirror that it intends cutting 92 editorial jobs; notes that Media Wales faces the loss of 16 job cuts, including a proposal to disband the features unit which is responsible for generating valuable Welsh-specific news content; further expresses concern at the impact of such a development on Welsh democracy; further notes that Media Wales titles have faced over a decade of cuts; and urges Trinity Mirror urgently to hold talks with the National Union of Journalists.”

Trinity Mirror announced the cuts as part of a move toward more content sharing across its regional and national titles.

It will mean a new shared content unit based in Liverpool will be created, producing feature pages that can be used across similar regional titles, covering subjects such as health, travel, fashion, food, entertainment and reviews.

There will also be closer working between the national and regional titles, with Daily Mirror reporters embedded in regional newsrooms and content being shared across all of Trinity Mirror’s newspapers and digital platforms.

The company has declined to comment further.



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