Voice axes mag amid sale rumours

The Voice this week closed its monthly women’s magazine supplement W2W amid speculation that Britain’s first black newspaper is on the verge of being sold.

W2W was launched in September last year as part of the paper’s 21st anniversary relaunch.

Three full-time jobs are thought to have gone from the magazine and the move is also understood to affect about five freelances.

A month ago the newspaper reportedly cut its rate for freelance contributors from 15p a word to 10p a word.

An insider said: “I think they were in discussions with a group from the West Indies about taking over the paper. “We have been told they are trying to make the paper more profitable.”

The company has previously admitted to being in discussions with the Jamaica-based Gleaner newspaper group about a possible takeover.

No one from The Voice – which is based in Brixton, South London – was available for comment.

By Dominic Ponsford

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