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Four roles at risk in publisher’s latest cutbacks

Chris HattonUp to four editorial jobs are thought to be at risk at a series of weekly newspapers in London.

HTFP understands Newsquest is planning redundancies affecting some of its titles in the north of the capital.

Under the proposals, the number of staff photographers would be cut from two to one, and the number of content editors would be reduced from three to two.

A senior sports reporter and features editor would also leave the company as part of the plans.

A formal consultation is currently being held with those affected, and it is understood staff were told about the proposed changes around two weeks ago.

Last month group editor Tim Jones, who had been responsible for of 18 Newsquest weekly titles in North London, South Buckinghamshire and South Hertfordshire, left the company.

He was replaced by his deputy Victoria Birch, who reports to Newsquest North London and Essex editor-in-chief Chris Hatton.

Chris, pictured above left, confirmed the consultation is taking place, but told HTFP it would be “inappropriate to comment further” while it is under way.


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  • February 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

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    It’s clear from the jobs at risk that the Content – sports- photographic and features content of these papers will be further reduced as the same work by less people for no more pay policy continues

    Awful picture to accompany this piece, he looks to be gloating

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  • February 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Hitting the soft targets of photographers again. Do these people who now run newspapers not realise that FACES SELL PAPERS! A newspaper which dosen’t have a staff photographer is like a football team without a goalkeeper. JP are learning that the hard way as circulation figures go through the floor…. relegation if you like!

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  • February 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Same at Archant DDH who moved on all its best togs last autumn to replace them with juniors with camera phones and woeful ‘ photo of the day’ reader submitted pictures resulting in a further erosion of the company’s content

    Oh how the once mighty have fallen

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