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Johnston Press titles in ‘centralisation plan’

A shake-up of Johnston Press-owned titles in Northern Ireland could lead to papers being merged under single editors, according to reports.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the regional publisher is planning to create ‘clusters’ of titles in neighbouring geographical location.

Each group of titles would have one editor, a deputy editor, two photographers and an advertising manager, according to the Bel Tel.

Johnston Press has declined to comment on the claims. The Bel Tel is owned by Independent News and Media, one of JP’s main competitors in the province.

The newspaper says that titles in Coleraine, Ballymoney, Ballymena and Antrim will be affected as part of the change to what it calls “editorship clusters”.

It says some employees, including those currently working in separate offices for the Lurgan Mail and Portadown Times, could relocate to the main Johnston Press production facility at Portadown.

Earlier this week Johnston Press announced the closure of a Sunday newspaper in Donegal.

Donegal on Sunday is to cease publication next month with the loss of three full-time staff, although a number of sister titles based in the county will continue to be published.


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  • July 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Bel Tel editor Mike Gilson having a bit of fun with the company which dumped him as editor of The Scotsman.

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  • July 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Am I the only one to suspect that JP chiefs won’t be able to resist announcing yet more bloodletting tomorrow…Friday the 13th?

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