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New jobs created at newspaper that axed staff

Two new reporters’ jobs have been created at a newspaper group where editorial staff recently held an eight-week strike against jobs cuts.

The senior reporter positions are being advertised at South Yorkshire Newspapers title the Doncaster Free Press, with the successful candidates also set to contribute stories for the Selby Times, South Yorkshire Times and Epworth Bells.

Members of the National Union of Journalists held an eight-week strike which began in July over a restructure at the titles which resulted in a number of compulsory redundancies amongst editorial and advertising staff.

Among those who lost their jobs were a reporter at the South Yorkshire Times, along with editor Jim Oldfield, sports editor of the Doncaster Free Press, Peter Catt, and the editor of the Goole Courier.

The Times and Courier now come under the editorship of Graeme Huston at the Doncaster Free Press and Selby Times.

It is understood that the reporting jobs now being advertised may have previously been offered to some of those journalists who were being made redundant.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands Organiser, said: “We welcome the creation of two senior jobs at Doncaster because there are still underlying issues overs workload and quality and I think that the company has listened to the chapel’s concerns on that.”

Graeme Huston was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

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