A regional publisher has come under fire after a letter about plans to axe up to 20 editorial jobs contained seven spelling and grammatical mistakes.
Archant Norfolk revealed proposals last week for an editorial restructure which the company said would lead to the creation of a new digital department, greater focus on the weekly titles and more reporters operating ‘on-patch’.
But a letter about the possible redundancies sent last week by management to a representative from the National Union of Journalists was riddled with errors.
These included spelling the name of the company as “Archant Regional Limtited”, along with incorrect spellings of the words initial, announcement and restructure.
Father of Chapel Pete Kelley, to whom the letter was sent, said: “They’re telling us that they need fewer sub-editors at our titles. Really, need I say more?
“But this is a serious issue. The jobs threatened include features writers, photographers, sports journalists, library staff, sub-editors and vital administrative support.
“We suffered 24 redundancies just two years ago and since then staff have been working overtime to keep bringing out good, award-winning papers.
“These are great papers – much loved and very close to our communities. They say they can manage with fewer people in key departments, but seem unaware that – even now – we’re working hours beyond our contracts just to keep the standards up.
“If these changes went ahead, not only would our readers notice, but we think our advertisers would, too.”
The company said last week that under its plans no reporting jobs would be lost and a number of new roles would be created.
Archant declined to comment on the letter.