Up to 30 staff at risk as Metro confirms regional staff redundancy

Associated Newspapers has confirmed it is looking to make a number of redundancies from the regional operations of its Metro free newspaper.

A spokesman for Metro said: “Metro today announced a series of potential redundancies from its regional editorial operations.

“The redundancies are part of Metro’s cost reduction plans, in response to the challenging economic conditions we face.

“We will be consulting fully with employees affected by this announcement.”

Up to 30 staff working on the regional arts and entertainment sections, Metro Life, in cities across the country are believed to be at risk after being handed compulsory redundancy notices during a series of meetings yesterday.

Regional editions of the Metro are now expected to have their Metro Life sections compiled by Metro’s local print and distribution partners.

Associated Newspapers could not confirm the number of potential job losses.

Average circulation of the Metro was 1.33 m copies distributed for free across the country each day in July, making it the daily newspaper with the fourth largest distribution in the UK.

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