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Editorial jobs to go in Coventry and Birmingham

Editorial jobs are to be lost in Coventry and Birmingham as Trinity Mirror continues to make cuts in preparation for a tough year ahead.

More than 50 jobs across the midlands business will be lost, with seven editorial jobs at the Coventry Evening Telegraph and seven more in Birmingham, at the Post and Mail offices, set to be lost.

It is part of the ongoing review across the newspaper group’s regional business.

Steve Dyson, editor of the Birmingham Mail, said: “We have to be sensible and acknowledge the marked changes in economic circumstances and revenue along with all parts of the business.

“But I am being most careful in my particular review of costs on the Mail, and we will do nothing that would damage the motivation and resources we have put into our recent relaunch.

“The relaunch is a serious, well-structured, long-term plan that is gathering momentum, and for the future success of the paper this has to be the starting point of my wider review of costs.”

Plans to cut 44 jobs at the Cardiff-based Western Mail & Echo, including ten journalists, have already been announced and the staff have reacted by setting up a ballot on industrial action in protest at possible compulsory redundancies across the

Western Mail, the South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the Celtic group of weekly papers.

Trinity Mirror said earlier this year that it would be taking “further steps to protect its position” as it prepared for a tough year of trading.

It wants to achieve the midlands job losses through voluntary means where possible but said that a consultation process is under way and it was too early to give further details.

  • Trinity Mirror has announced 21 job cuts among editorial staff at its flagship titles – nine at The Daily Mirror, 11 at The Sunday Mirror and one at The People – and a further three on the magazines.
  • The Scottish Daily Mirror is set to be produced from London in a scaled-down operation that could cost up to 20 jobs.