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Jobs go under restructure at South West dailies

A restructure at a group of newspapers in the South West has seen eight people made redundant.

HTFP reported last month on plans to merge the picture and news desk functions at the Plymouth-based Western Morning News and The Herald.

Now the company has confirmed the merger will take place and six photographers have been made redundant.

Two more jobs have gone in a restructure of Northcliffe’s region-wide commercial editorial department after a review following last year’s decision to move the Torquay Herald Express and Exeter Express & Echo to weekly publication.

The company said a further three people, one from photographic and two from the commercial editorial team, had decided to leave the business.

A statement from the publisher said: “A review of how we operate the news and picture departments at The Herald and Western Morning News has been completed. It has been decided each title will merge these functions within their respective newsrooms.
“A separate review of South West Media Group’s commercial editorial department has taken place to reflect last year’s change from daily to weekly publication in Torquay and Exeter. It has been decided commercial editorial activity will now be organised individually by each title.
“As a result of these changes eight posts have been made redundant – six in the former regional photographic department and two in the commercial editorial department.

“A further three people – one from photographic and two from commercial editorial – have decided to leave the business.”

In June, Herald picture editor Peter Holdgate left his job after 20 years to train dressage horses.

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  • August 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This story doesn’t give the full picture by any means. The entire regional commercial dept (six people based in Plymouth) has been axed. Nobody decided to go of their own accord – two of the team saw the writing on the wall and opted for redundancy.
    There were two jobs on The Herald, one on the Western Morning News, and possibly one each on the Express & Echo in Exeter and the Herald Express in Torquay that became “available”.
    None of the journalists has been taken on in Exeter and Torquay, and one post on The Herald and one on the WMN have been filled by members of the team.
    Four experienced journos have been thrown on the scrapheap to save the company money from a well-knit team that supplied bespoke quality and bread-and-butter supplements along with features that helped generate a huge amount of advertising revenue across five titles.
    The four that are going are only too relieved to be out of the rat race as the newpaper industry shrinks itself into oblivion.

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