A departing editor has hit out at “bean counters” in her final column for the newspaper as it prepares to switch publication dates from Sunday to midweek.
Sarah Cox, left, has claimed a “strong voice” has been “silenced” following Trinity Mirror’s decision to replace Bedfordshire on Sunday with a new title, provisionally known as ‘Bedfordshire Midweek’, early next month.
Sarah had handed in her notice before the changes, which have put an unspecified number of jobs at risk, were announced last month.
Her farewell column was published in Sunday’s edition, one week before the last BoS goes to print.
Certain extracts were removed, but Sarah has now published a screenshot of the full version of the column on her personal Twitter page.
She wrote: “I would like to tell you that I leave the paper certain that its excellent work will continue for many years. Instead, I am writing one week ahead of the final edition of a newspaper which has never erred from its mission to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable (a mission all titles worthy of the name ‘newspaper’ should share).”
“Some months ago I decided the time had come for me to move on to a new challenge. There have been three in my very-soon-to-be-matrimonial relationship for all four of the four years I have been here at Bedfordshire on Sunday.
“I have loved, and still do love, my job, A little too much, truth be told. But in a world where bean counters are king, caring passionately for your product is just not enough, even if it is making money (you could always be making more).”
Sarah continued: “For me, both as a journalist and a Bedfordian, the saddest thing is that strong voice asking vital questions has now been silenced.
“Losing a newspaper which is not afraid to be hated, ruffle feathers or annoy advertisers comes at a high price for us all. Grenfell should have taught us that.
Trinity Mirror has declined to comment.