'Around 40' Guardian editorial staff take redundancy

Around 40 editorial staff have accepted voluntary redundancy as part of an ongoing headcount reduction at Guardian News & Media to help ease its £100,000 a day losses.

In November GNM management said that it needed to cut more than 100 of its 1,700 editorial and commercial posts through its rolling voluntary redundancy scheme.

A Guardian News & Media spokesman said today that a number of staff had their requests for redundancy confirmed this week.

Mediaguardian.co.uk reported this afternoon that “around 40” editorial staff had accepted terms, including media reporters Stephen Brook and Chris Tryhorn, deputy production editor Aly Duncan and San Francisco-based technology reporter Bobbie Johnson.

Last week, the Guardian announced a number of changes to its senior editorial team including replacing sports head Ben Clissitt, who is leaving the paper, with deputy editor Paul Johnson.

The Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent Rory McCarthy and LA correspondent Dan Glaister are also leaving, along with readers’ editor Siobhain Butterworth who is returning to her former career in law.

Chief leader writer Julian Glover will also stand down from his post, however he will continue to write for The Guardian.

A GNM spokesman said: “A number of staff have had their requests for voluntary redundancy confirmed this week.

“Work on the budget and discussions with individual members of staff are ongoing, and the total number of people leaving will not be finalised for some time.”

The move follows a spate of high profile departures from The Observer, in recent days and weeks, following an announcement from GNM that it would relaunch a much reduced version of the paper to help bring down costs.

Yesterday the Telegraph announced the appointment of Observer journalist Gaby Wood as its new head of books.

In December Louise France, former deputy editor of Observer Woman and Observer Food Monthly magazines, left for The Times.

And in September it emerged that Observer political editor Gaby Hinsliff was to leave the paper after nine years service.

In addition to reducing costs at GNM, owners Guardian Media Group confirmed last month that it had held talks with rival publishers over the sale of its regional newspaper division.

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