A round of voluntary redundancies at a Scottish newspaper group has seen more editorial staff depart, including a veteran reporter and a photographer.
As reported previously on HoldtheFrontPage, around a dozen jobs were at risk at the Glasgow-based Herald & Times group as part of parent company Newsquest’s continued drive to relocate subbing operation to Newport, South Wales.
Among those to have taken voluntary redundancy are Gordon Thomson, a general reporter at the Evening Times for the past 25 years who also served as FoC at the group’s NUJ chapel.
Christian Cookesy, who held a dual picture desk and photographer role, has also left to set up his own business.
A biography on Christian’s website describes him as “one of the most sought after photographers working in Scotland”.
The departures came in the same week the group announced its new pro-independence daily title The National would be given a permanent print-run.
At the time the changes were announced in October, the company stated “all editing and content decisions will continue to be taken in Scotland as will control of the multi-million-pound editorial budget”.
Last month the National Union of Journalists claimed the number of jobs lost across the country as a result of Newsquest’s continued transfer of subbing operations to Newport had reached 120.