Emergency debate on Midlands journalism job cuts

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An emergency debate has been called by the Birmingham Press Club in the wake of the recent closures and redundancies which have been hitting the region’s local newspapers, TV and radio.

The National Union of Journalists website broke the story last week, claiming to have seen internal documents about the closure of a number of Trinity Mirror weeklies.

Trinity Mirror has since confirmed that it is closing nine of its regional weeklies, with up to 94 jobs at risk.

Press Club Chairman John Lamb said: “Not only will the cuts result in job losses, but the overall effect would pose a serious threat to the credibility of the whole of the region’s news media.”

The debate will be chaired by former television presenter Llewela Bailey, and will include a panel featuring a number of leading media commentators, including Chris Bullivant, founder of the Observer Standard newspaper group, former Birmingham Post editor Nigel Hastilow and Chris Morley, regional organiser for the National Union of Journalists.

The debate will take place at 6pm on Monday 13 July at Austin Court, Cambridge Street in Birmingham city centre.

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