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Concerns raised over staffing levels at Scottish daily

Concerns have been raised about staffing levels at a Scottish daily with the departure of sub-editors who are not expected to be replaced.

The National Union of Journalists claimed two people were leaving the subs desk at The Herald and “unsustainable pressure” was building because of staffing levels.

Initial talks took place between Scottish NUJ organiser Paul Holleran and management at Newsquest’s Herald and Times Group yesterday in a bid to find a way forward.

Paul said he wanted resources at the title to be moved around to help the situation.

He said: “It is not a major issue at the moment but if they are not replaced it will put pressure on people.”

One of the sub-editors is understood to have already left, while another is in the process of leaving.

NUJ Scotland tweeted: “High level talks at Newsquest (Tue) to discuss staffing levels and filling of vacancies as unsustainable pressure builds on subs at Herald.”

The Herald was relaunched with a new look and a smaller font size a few weeks ago.

Herald and Times Group managing director Tim Blott declined to comment following the meeting.


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  • May 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    That maybe explains the growing number of grammatical, spelling and typographical errors in the Herald.

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  • May 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    It would be interesting to know how many subs are left at the Herald. I know of one “leading regional newspaper” where the number of full-time news, business and features “copy editors” is down to 11 – including chiefs as well as indians. That’s to cover a six-day daily operation also including an 80-page weekly mag, many daily supplements and advertising features.

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