Trinity Mirror has announced the merger of its South Wales, North Wales and Liverpool divisions – causing two managers to lose their jobs.
Media Wales, which publishes the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday, and Celtic Weekly newspapers, will merge with Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales.
The merger means Keith Dye, managing director of Media Wales, has been made redundant, and will leave today after 24 years’ service.
Sara Wilde, managing director in the north-west, will run the new region – to be known as Trinity Mirror North West and Wales.
Stuart Thomas, the Media Wales finance director, will also leave and will be replaced by Andy McGreevy, finance director in the north-west.
Staff were told of the merger this afternoon.
Trinity Mirror Regionals managing director Georgina Harvey said: ‘The decision to create this new Trinity Mirror region has been taken in response to the current challenging trading conditions and it also makes good strategic sense to group both our Wales businesses into a simplified structure as part of one region.
‘We continue to invest in our businesses in South Wales with the implementation of new systems and the move to a new building.
‘I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone who has worked or come into contact with Keith and Stuart over the years to thank them for their contribution to the business and to wish them well for the future.”
The converged Media Wales operation – run from a single building in Cardiff – cut seven jobs in November. In the same month, Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales announced the loss of 78 jobs.
In September, Trinity Mirror revealed it was closing its Liverpool printing plant, with the loss of 100 jobs, and moving printing of the Liverpool Post and Echo to Oldham.