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Jobs to go at Central Independent Newspapers

Central Independent Newspapers, which publishes the Tamworth Herald, Lichfield Mercury, Sutton Coldfield Observer and Walsall Advertiser, is cutting jobs and some of its district offices are “likely” to close.

The group, which was bought by Northcliffe Newspapers – the regional division of Daily Mail and General Trust – last autumn, says it hopes to achieve the re-organisation through voluntary redundancies.

Managing Director Ken Hayward, who recently succeeded Stuart Burkinshaw, has confirmed it is likely that some district offices will close and others will be reduced in size. Most advertising and editorial functions will be centralised in Tamworth.

He said: “The re-structure is necessary to meet the demands of a changing marketplace and to ensure that we focus on the needs of our readers and advertisers.

“We hope that we can achieve the re-organisation through voluntary redundancies. If compulsory redundancies become necessary every effort will be made to find positions elsewhere in the Northcliffe Group.”

Other titles owned by the company include the Cannock Chase Mercury, Great Barr Observer, Tamworth Herald Extra, and the Tamworth, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and Chase Journal magazines.

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