85 journalists axed at Daily Record and Sunday Mail

Trinity Mirror has confirmed that 85 journalists have lost their jobs at the Scottish Daily Record and the Sunday Mail.

Of the 85 editorial staff made redundant 49 were voluntary redundancies and 11 were compulsory, the majority of whom will leave the company over the next two months. Trinity will not be replacing five people on fixed-term contracts and it has also cut 20 casual staff.

A spokesman for the company said: "We have worked constructively and sensibly with the NUJ to complete this reorganisation."

In June, Trinity announced that more than 90 journalism jobs were to go as part of an editorial restructure that saw the design and subbing of magazine and features content outsourced to the Press Association. It also revealed plans for the Scottish titles to share non-Scottish news and features with sister-titles the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and the People.

At the time the company said the restructure would result in the creation of 'one of the most technologically advanced and operationally efficient digital newsrooms in Europe".

Accounts filed with companies house show that Trinity subsidiary the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd had a turnover of £95.2m in 2009 and made a gross profit of £35.4m, with operating profit down from £21.7m in 2008 to £14.3m.

Following the latest round of job cuts the total number of journalists working on the titles has been cut to around 130.

According to the accounts, the average number of editorial staff in the year up to 3 January 2010 was 234 editorial staff - down from 294 the year before.

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