A subsidiary of Trinity Mirror has confirmed that it plans to axe a Scottish daily editor’s post as part of a management shake-up.
Anne Dalrymple has been with the Paisley Daily Express for the past 29 years, the last five as editor.
Now Trinity-owned Scottish and Universal Newspapers is proposing to axe her post and put the paper under the charge of the group editor, Alan Woodsison.
The National Union of Journalists has protested strongly at the move and is calling for Ms Dalrymple to be reinstated with immediate effect.
Trinity Mirror said in a statement: “As part of an ongoing review of the business, S&UN has today announced a number of proposed changes to the editorial management structure at the Paisley Daily Express.
“The Paisley Daily Express, together with its associated free publication, the Renfrewshire World will become part of the Ayrshire/West region of S&UN.
“Consequently, the group editor will now assume responsibility for these titles and, in order to support senior editorial staff and oversee the change process, will be based at the Paisley office with immediate effect.
“As a result of these changes it is proposed that the role of editor at the Paisley Daily Express will be made redundant and the company has entered into a period of consultation with the member of staff affected.”
A motion passed by the paper’s NUJ chapel reads: “The Paisley Daily Express Chapel unanimously opposes the management’s decision to make the permanent, full-time editor’s position redundant.
“As the only daily title within S&UN, the Paisley Daily Express needs a full-time editor to maintain the standards and integrity of the publication. The chapel urges management to reinstate the post immediately.”