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Photographers take redundancy at regional daily

Two photographers have taken voluntary redundancy at regional daily paper the Shropshire Star.

The paper began a consultation with its photographic team last month, with the aim of cutting the number of photographers from eight to six.

Phil Inman, chief executive of the Midlands News Association which publishes the Shropshire Star and its sister title the Express & Star, told HTFP that both photographers had left at the end of January – and confirmed there were no further job cuts on the cards.

“The photographic team for the Shropshire Star has been reduced after two photographers accepted voluntary redundancy following a consultation process,” he said.

“The MNA has no plans to make further redundancies.”

The publisher launched a voluntary redundancy programme last January to reduce the number of staff by 50 across all departments at the two papers.

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

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  • February 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Either they were all doing very little or, as I suspect is more likely, the remaining photographers will now be run ragged and the news desk will be encouraging people to send their own ‘snaps’ in.

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