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Freelance cartoonists axed by Johnston Press dailies

Three freelance cartoonists have been relieved of their roles with a group of Johnston Press titles as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Iain Green, Brian Adcock and Frank Boyle’s have been let go by The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday or the Edinburgh Evening News.

It comes after October’s announcement that the three titles would merge their operations, with between 35 and 45 jobs being lost as a result.

Iain had contributed to both The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday for almost 16 years.  He has also occasionally worked for The Guardian and his work has appeared in the political magazine Holyrood for the last decade.

Brian had been drawing for Scotland on Sunday for 10 years, and the Saturday edition of The Scotsman for around half that time.

He is also responsible for producing the cartoon in Monday’s edition of The Independent.

Frank had been working for the EEN for almost 16 years, producing cartoons five days a week until last year when he dropped to four in order to produce work for The Sunday Post.

Johnston Press has not responded to HTFP’s request for a comment.


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  • February 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Sorry to see even more JP staff lose jobs. Newspaper closures must be only thing left for the journocide squad.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    It took JP a hell of a long time to get round to tackling its Scottish titles after absolutely decimating its staff in England…

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  • February 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Yes, JP papers in south barely have enough staff to get papers out. Never mind quality.

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