Seven editorial jobs to go at Argus group

Seven editorial jobs are being made redundant on the South Wales Argus and associated weeklies.

The job losses, most of which will occur on the daily paper, include four sub-editors, a reporter, a sports writer and a photographer. It is understood one of the subbing positions was a compulsory redundancy, but the company is seeking voluntary redundancies for the rest of the posts.

The paper has no union recognition.

Before the cuts, there were 16 reporters working across the Argus and Campaign series, Free Press series and Weekly Argus, six photographers, six sports reporters and more than 10 subs.

In a memo to staff, Newsquest regional managing director for Wales and Gloucestershire, Gavin Steacy, said: "The slowdown in the economy has adversely impacted on the revenuegenerating abilities of newspapers, particularly in the area of advertising sales.

In order to safeguard the long-term future of our business, it has become necessary to look at further ways of restructuring our cost base."

The subbing operations on the daily and weekly titles will be merged.

Redundant staff are expected to leave the company within a month.

Steacy and Argus editor Gerry Keighley were unavailable for comment.

The move is the latest of publisher Newsquest's cost-saving measures. The company has also cut jobs in Bolton, Bury and Lancashire and has closed offices in Accrington, Darwen and Burnley.

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