Sun lays off award-winning staff

The axe has begun to fall on the 20 editorial staff The Sun revealed it planned to cull earlier this month.

Compulsory
redundancies represent about five per cent of the editorial workforce
and are said by the paper to be in response to a difficult advertising
market.

Two British Press Awards winners are understood to be
among those being given their marching orders. Feature writer Briony
Warden, who three years ago won Scoop of the Year at the British Press
Awards, has already gone. And photographer Terry Richards, who won News
Photographer of the Year at last year’s awards, is in negotiations over
his possible exit.

According to one insider, a sports reporter
targeted in the lay-offs is planning to sue for unfair dismissal. The
insider said: “They are going for people pretty aggressively.”

The Sun declined to comment.

■ News of the World assistant editor (news) Greg Miskiw has left the paper after 18 years.

Since January last year, Miskiw had worked out of Manchester in charge of the paper’s north of England operation.

He
said: “We discussed various options about what my next role would be
and one of those was to go back to London, which I decided I did not
want to do. I’d been in London for 27 years, I’ve got a young family
based in Leeds and I just didn’t want to go back.”

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