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Ten jobs at risk in newspaper group’s latest cutbacks

Tim BlottUp to ten editorial roles are under threat across four Newquest sister titles in a fresh round of cutbacks.

Application for voluntary redundancy are being invited at the Glasgow-based Herald & Times Group – which runs The Herald, Sunday Herald, Evening Times and The National.

The cuts are part of an effort to save around £600,000 and bring editorial operations closer together.

The announcement comes just two days after the Sunday Herald revealed a 34.7pc circulation boost for the July to December 2014 period in the latest ABC figures.

The Newsquest-owned group also announced its website had seen its average number of unique monthly users rise from 1.4m to 1.9m.

Tim Blott, group managing director, said: “We are working with all of our staff to support them through these changes.

“As reader habits and expectations are changing in our marketplace, we are re-aligning our internal processes, equipment and talent to meet this demand.

Tim, pictured above left, added: “We have been investing in new talent and roles where requirements and audiences are growing, but it is also necessary for us to reduce certain functions in our back-office and editorial departments.

“The consultation on redundancy disclosed to staff is being conducted in full and very close review with the NUJ.”


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  • February 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Don’t tell me that the new newspaper that wants to break up Britain is ALREADY facing redundancies. Very ‘radical’.

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  • February 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Swiss Toni seems to have found a new job it seems. Making redundancies is very much like making love to a beautiful woman…

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  • March 2, 2015 at 9:03 am

    “The Newsquest-owned group also announced its website had seen its average number of unique monthly users rise from 1.4m to 1.9m.” This is superb news, with obviously huge implications for increased revenue, which this report has unaccountably forgotten to mention, and doubtless music to the ears of those being offloaded to face an uncertain future.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Redundancies in Glasgow used to happen once a year and normally to claw back the percentage pay rise agreed shortly before.
    It now looks as though Swiss is introducing a new concept – job cuts every quarter.
    At this rate he won’t have any talented staff to realign.

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