The Sun has terminated the contracts of three photographers working in its Manchester office.
The trio had been taken on last April when the paper set up a Manchester base eight years after closing its last office in the city. Although they were never on staff, they had each been given rolling contracts, guaranteeing five days’ work a week and paid holidays.
It is understood that the photographers were given a week’s notice that their contracts would end towards the end of last month in a “cost-saving measure”.
Photography work in the north of England is now being commissioned by northern news editor Guy Patrick and deputy Richard Moriarty.
Staff photographer Jim Clarke, who was in charge of assigning work to The Sun’s photographers, is now thought to be taking on more day-to-day jobs himself.
When the office, The Sun also took on four full-time reporters. It is not yet known whether any will be affected by similar cost-cutting measures.
A Sun spokesperson said: “We’re proud to be the UK’s only national newspaper with an office in Manchester. Photographers have only ever been used in a freelance capacity and there are no plans to change this approach.”