Four Time Out journalists take voluntary redundancy

Four journalists at Time Out London have taken voluntary redundancy as the listings magazine makes cutbacks.

Theatre editor Jane Edwards, television editor Emma Perry, nightlife editor Dave Swindells, and deputy film editor Wally Hammond have chosen to leave.

In November, Time Out announced plans to cut up to 13 of its 165 London-based staff.

The cost-cutting coincided with a move to integrate its web and print operations.

Edwards – who has worked for Time Out for 25 years – told Press Gazette: ‘The chance came up to take voluntary redundancy and I thought ‘It’s probably a good time to go’.

‘There are going to be big changes here, and I thought it was best. I am extremely sad to leave, but I have no complaints about the way I have been treated.

‘I have been here a long time and I thought it was time for them to move on, and for me to move on.”

Edwards has no confirmed plans after leaving Time Out, but said: ‘I certainly haven’t lost my interest in theatre and hope to write about it.”

A 30-day consultation period with the National Union of Journalists ended in December, but the extent of the cutbacks will not be finalised until March.

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