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Salmond seeks talks with JP over press closure plan

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is seeking talks with Johnston Press over its plans to close its printing operation in Edinburgh with the loss of 100 jobs.

The company is in consultation with staff after it announced plans to close Caledonian Offset Ltd and move publishing of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday to Trinity Mirror’s plant just outside Glasgow, where the Daily Record is produced.

Mr Salmond made the request after the proposal to close the Newhaven Road plant was raised at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament.

As well as The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, the plant currently prints the Edinburgh Evening News and Johnston Press’s other Scottish titles.

Under the plan, the Evening News would be printed at the ‘Eurocentral’ facility by News International, 30 miles west of Edinburgh, while copies of The Scotsman for sale in England would be printed Trinity Mirror’s Fort Dunlop plant in Birmingham.

A Johnston Press spokesman said: “This is not a proposal we are making lightly and we will be happy to discuss it with the First Minister.”

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bowder (12/10/2009 12:41:49)
http://blogs.pressgazette.co.uk/mediamoney/2009/09/07/johnston-press-a-cash-machine-for-the-masters-of-the-universe/
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