CN Group cuts up to 30 jobs and moots pay freeze

Independent regional newspaper publisher CN Group is the latest journalism employer to announce major cuts in the current downturn.

It has warned staff that up to 30 jobs may need to be cut – and it also considering a group wide pay freeze next year.

Chief executive Robin Burgess told Press Gazette that it was too early in the process to comment on how many journalists may have to go and he said that no official redundancy consultation had started yet.

In a statement to staff he said: “Ensuring our business remains at the centre of the communities we serve will remain foremost in our thinking.

‘I am confident that our plan has the balance between saving costs and being realistic, whilst ensuring we have a viable business to take forward for the future when the economy improves”.

The CN Group portfolio includes daily newspapers The News and Star in Carlisle and the Barrow-based North West Evening Mail as well as weekly titles the the Cumberland News, the Whitehaven News, The Times and Star and The Hexham Courant.

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