Eight jobs at risk as Sunday Mirror and People editorial teams set to merge

Trinity Mirror has announced plans to merge the editorial teams of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People with the loss of up to eight editorial jobs.

The move comes two years after the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror editors were sacked and the two titles went to a seven-day publishing model under editor-in-chief Lloyd Embley.

Trinity Mirror said today that its three national titles are to have a single newsroom “centred on better serving a growing multi-platform audience”.  

The company said: “The creation of the integrated newsroom will result in more journalists contributing more content across all platforms.

“The ambitious plans will be introduced over the coming months but today’s announcement sees the merger of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People editorial teams.

“New digital roles are also being created – including a technology editor, a social media editor, and a money section editor – and further investment in video, social and data journalism is also planned."

Embley said: “Our journalism is read by a rapidly growing audience and this structure will allow us to produce more engaging and timely content across all our platforms. It will enable us to drive our digital growth and maintain the quality of our newspapers.”     

In 2010, Trinity Mirror cut 200 journalists from the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People reducing total headcount to around 600.

In 2012, a further 75 editorial staff were cut across the Mirror national titles amid changes which saw the creation of a centralised reporting and production hub with teams working across all three titles.

In January 2013, Trinity announced the creation of 26 new national jobs amid moves to create a “closer working relationship” between the group’s national and regional titles. The changes saw 66 regional editorial jobs cut and an overall net reduction of 40 jobs.      

The latest changes at the Mirror follow the appointment of former Mail Plus editor Pete Picton to the role of editorial director, Mirror Online.

The Sunday Mirror had an average print circulation of 922,000 last month and the Sunday People averaged just over 369,000 sales a week.

The Mirror website attracted around 2.5m unique 'browsers' per day in May according to ABC.

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