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Trinity Mirror confirms job cuts at North East title

Trinity Mirror has confirmed three editorial job losses at the Teesside Evening Gazette.

In a statement released today the company said the cuts were a result of the paper moving to a single edition.

The news comes as current editor Darren Thwaites is due to leave the title next month to become the editor of the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle , following on from the departure of Paul Robertson who made the decision to move on after eight years there.

Deputy editor of Newcastle title The Journal Peter Montellier will act as an interim editor at the Gazette when Darren leaves and until a new editor has been identified. Peter is former editor of the Sunday Sun editor and current executive editor at ncjMedia.

 A Trinity Mirror spokesperson said: “In the light of continuing economic challenges and to better position the business for the future, Gazette Media Company  has today announced a number of proposed changes to its editorial operation.

 “The proposals, which will include the implementation of new production workflows and the Evening Gazette moving to a single edition, are expected to result in a reduction of three editorial roles.

 “The company has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff and it is hoped that as many of the redundancies as possible can be achieved by voluntary means.”

The job cuts add to six that were announced at the title in June.

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  • August 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Bad news… and then good news for once! It’s never good when jobs are lost, and thoughts with any staff involved. But Peter Montellier is a top editor and I think his (initially temporary but hopefully soon confirmed) appointment will mean a lot to the staff, paper, town of Middlesbrough and Teesside. Traditional and hard-news based, but also intelligent and someone who deeply knows and understands the audience. If anyone can bring substance to a paper in these difficult times, Monty can. Watch out Ray Mallon, Steve Gibson, Cleveland Police, et al. (I’m sure they’ll enjoy the challenge!)

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