Drastic cutbacks feared at Scottish Daily Mirror

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Dominic Ponsford
 
Drastic cutbacks are feared at the Scottish Daily Mirror as part of a cost-cutting drive across Trinity Mirror which is
expected to cost up to 770 jobs.
 
The National Union of Journalists fears the title could face closure.
 
But a spokeswoman for Trinity Mirror said: “The Scottish Mirror is not closing but it
is proposed that the operation will be scaled back, and we have entered a
period of consultation with those staff affected.
 
“The changes follow a review designed to safeguard the business in the face
of challenging economic conditions.
 
“The title will retain reporting staff in Scotland, as well as sharing
editorial resources with the Daily Record. We are as committed as ever to
producing a paper that is relevant to Scotland and we will continue to
deliver a quality Scottish Mirror.”
 
Up to 30 editorial jobs could be affected by the review at the Scottish Title. It
follows job cuts across
the Trinity Mirror’s regional titles which have already exceeded the 100-mark.
 
In October, Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly
Bailey announced plans for a wave of cost-cutting across the group
prompted apparently by difficult market conditions which mean this
year’s profits will not exceed last year’s total of £250 million.
 
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “This is a punch in the gut for
newspapers in Scotland. We will not stand by and allow Trinity Mirror
to dismantle the press in this country, launch attack after attack on
quality news and squander their most valuable asset – skilled,
committed journalists.”
 
Scottish organiser for the National Union of
Journalists Paul Holleran: “They are talking about keeping the title
open but how they are going to do that with no journalists will be
interesting to see. There is very little information coming out from
them at the moment.”
 
The Scottish Daily Mirror has presented strategic
problems for Trinity Mirror over the possible cannibilisation of
readers from sister title the Daily Record.
 
The Scottish Daily Mirror sells 44,980 copies a day compared to a circulation of 414,123 for the Daily Record.

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