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Photographers set to be axed at regional daily

A regional daily has announced plans to axe two photographers at the title.

The Shropshire Star confirmed it has started a consultation with its photographic team, with the aim of cutting the number of photographers from eight to six.

The newspaper, which is published by the Midlands News Association, says it is hoping to achieve the reductions through voluntary means and avoid making any compulsory redundancies.

An MNA spokesman said: “A consultation process has begun to reduce the number of Shropshire Star photographers by two positions.

“We are hopeful that this can be achieved through voluntary means, rather than compulsory redundancies.”

The publisher launched a voluntary redundancy programme last January to reduce the number of staff by 50 across all departments at the Star and sister title the Express and Star.

This followed an announcement in 2011 by MNA to make up to 90 people redundant, which was a tenth of its workforce, because of difficult trading conditions.