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Jobs go at Trinity Mirror after tablet edition axed

Two journalists have lost their jobs and a number of other roles are at risk as a result of changes at Trinity Mirror’s West Midlands operation.

As reported last month, Trinity axed the Birmingham Post’s Business Daily paid-for tablet edition after seven months.

It can now be revealed that four journalists and one member of commercial staff were placed at risk of redundancy as a result of the announcement.

Two of the journalists and the commercial staff member have since been found other roles, but the other two journalists have left the company.

In a separate announcement made last week, 11 sales roles at Trinity Mirror in Birmingham have been placed at risk, although some new roles are also being created.

It is understood that the latest announcement is not directly connected to the Business Daily closure.

A Trinity Mirror spokesman said:  The restructure is in response to the continuing commercial challenges to the business  – and the changing needs of our customers.

“In addition, the acceleration of our digital revenue ambitions needs to be supported by a commercial structure which is fit for purpose.

“While we are creating a number of new advertising roles, eleven positions are now at risk of redundancy.

“We are in consultation with affected staff and hope to achieve as many of these redundancies by voluntary means and non-replacement of vacant roles.”

The Business Daily tablet edition was previously available for a monthly subscription of £9.99.

It contained 20 or more pages of business news each day and several journalists were previously assigned to the project.


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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Dear or dear.
    Another year … another relentless wave of restructuring and redundancies by TM at Fort Dunlop.
    As these journalists already had very demanding full-time jobs before the BD concept was launched, it is impossible to see how its predictable demise can be the genuine catalyst for their departure.
    We can only empathise, and wish them all the best.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Just six weeks into 2014 and the culling has started already. You’d think those behind a business title would have only gone ahead with the project after ensuring revenue would sustain it. Who did the budget for this? You can bet your last Jobcentre pound it wasn’t the people who’ve been thrown out of work. Shame on the executives!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Nobody saw this coming? Really? Not one member of the senior editorial team thought this was a silly idea from the start?

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