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Suspension of six titles blamed on recession

The publication of six free weekly Scottish newspapers is to be suspended.

In a statement released by Trinity Mirror, which own the company, Scottish and Universal Newspapers said that as part of an ongoing review of its portfolio it  has taken the decision to suspend publication of the company’s free weekly titles.

Publication of the Lanarkshire World, Perth Shopper, Stirling Shopper, Renfrewshire World, Clyde Weekly News and Dumfries and Galloway Today will be suspended from the week ending 9 September.

There will be a potential loss of three clerical roles and two distribution roles as a result  of the suspension of these titles and the company has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff.

 Bill Steven, Managing Director, Scottish & Universal Newspapers, said: “We’ve taken this decision to suspend these titles as a result of the challenging economic environment and we will review the feasibility of re-introducing them should trading conditions improve in the future.

“Where  possible we hope to achieve any redundancies by voluntary means and will  also  be exploring opportunities for alternative employment for those affected.”

An editorial restructure launched by the company earlier this year saw 85 journalists lose their jobs at the Scottish Daily Record and the Sunday Mail titles.