Editorial roles at risk as Time Inc UK moves 'homes' magazines to central hubbing system

Seven magazine brands within Time Inc UK’s “homes” portfolio are moving to a centralised editorial hub system, putting an undisclosed number of jobs at risk of redundancy.

The publisher, which owns more than 50 magazines including Marie Claire, NME and Cycling Weekly, said it will try to find alternative jobs for those whose roles will be lost in the creation of a centralised hubbing model.

The brands that will come under the new hubbing system are: Woman & Home, Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, 25 Beautiful Homes, Ideal Home, Livingetc and Style at Home.

A Time Inc UK spokesperson told Press Gazette: “We have entered into a 45-day consultation period with staff about a proposed hubbing and matrix system for Woman & Home and our homes portfolio.

“Unfortunately proposed role losses are planned, although these have minimised with the closure of vacancies. For those at risk, we will be making every effort to find alternative roles within the business.

“As we are currently in a consultation process with staff, we are not commenting further at this time.”

Time Inc UK declined to reveal the numbers of roles at risk due to the changes.

The publisher, which has three offices in London and one in Farnborough, Hampshire, already runs a similar hubbing system for its weeklies and TV titles and within its specialist portfolio.

The system came into effect last year after Time Inc announced 111 editorial jobs were at risk in the UK as it consolidated staff at some of its biggest titles into one central hub.

At the time, a spokesperson said the new editorial model would “give us the best opportunity to leverage our heritage, scale and audience to deliver more value to our customers”.

They added that editorial teams were being restructured to increase efficiency “while still retaining the strengths of our brands”.

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