Johnston Press cuts prepress and finance jobs in Derry

Johnston Press is proposing to cut up to 14 jobs from the Derry Journal as it embarks on a “reorganisation of its Northern Ireland division”.

The company said in a statement: “The company has reviewed the prepress and finance functions across the Northern Ireland Division and as a result is proposing to centralise the departments to one site at head office, in County Armagh.

“If the proposal should proceed, up to 14 jobs would be at risk of redundancy at the Derry Journal site.

“The company is committed to continued investment in the provision of strong local content and a first class advertising service to our readers and advertisers in Derry and Donegal.”

Johnston Press bought Morton Newspapers Ltd, which publishes the Derry Journal, in 2006.

The Derry Journal sells 20,898 on Fridays and 19,054 on Tuesdays.

Johnston Press made an operating profit in 2007 of £178.1m (down from £186.8m) on turnover of £607.5m (up from £602.2m).

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