Newsquest asks for voluntary redundancies at Isle of Wight County Press four months after takeover

Newsquest has asked staff at the Isle of Wight County Press to apply for voluntary redundancy four months after it bought out the independent publisher.

The July deal included the weekly Isle of Wight County Press newspaper, alternative news website Yoppul, specialist digital agency Matrix as well as commercial printing press Crossprint.

A Newsquest spokesperson said: “An announcement has been made at the Isle of Wight County Press inviting employees to apply for voluntary redundancy if they wish to do so.

“This is regrettable but forms part of our plan for the Isle of Wight County Press to have a sustainable future.”

There were calls for Newsquest’s takeover to be delayed while alternative management options were sought, but shareholders approved the deal with no opposition.

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said they feared Newsquest would cut staff on the paper, following recent cuts to its operations, hampering local news coverage on the island.

A statement from the Isle of Wight Country Press NUJ chapel at the time warned: “Dedicated, hard working and loyal staff will lose their jobs, and the breadth of detailed, well researched news articles, sports coverage, features and community news will be diminished enormously.”

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2 thoughts on “Newsquest asks for voluntary redundancies at Isle of Wight County Press four months after takeover”

  1. This was one of the last truly thriving local newspapers in the south, with good circulation and comprehensive local coverage. It was locally owned and staffed by people who knew the area – a novelty today.
    Like all journalists I knew this would never last when one of the mega media companies bought it out- what a disastrous day that was!
    These firms seem to take papers over then proceed to beat the stuffing out of them.
    No doubt it will soon be subbed somewhere like Newcastle, or India (!)
    Newsquest, Trinity Mirror and all the rest of the guilty parties should transfer their skills to producing cans of beans. They wouldn’t know the difference. The bean counters would also be pleased….

  2. End of an era. The sad demise of this dedicated, professional staffed local newspaper, whom I had the pleasure of assisting as a compositor in their newsroom before departing to establish Sherman Security.

    Jeff Manners.

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