Fiona Wyton, former Sunday Mirror deputy editor, is reported by colleagues to be consulting lawyers on an action for constructive dismissal -either through the courts or at an employment tribunal or both.
Wyton lost her job and has left the company, despite offers of other jobs, in the wake of editor Colin Myler’s resignation following the publication of an article that stopped the recent £8m Leeds footballers’ trial.
The Mirror’s deputy editor, Tina Weaver, almost immediately took Myler’s place, bringing in her own deputy, Mark Thomas, from the daily.
Since then the company has learned it is to be prosecuted for contempt of court over the article.
Wyton considered the other com-pany positions on offer but felt, according to colleagues, that she was being sidelined and had been constructively dismissed. She has had no payoff.
Wyton was a Mirror trainee in the Eighties and spent 15 years, on and off, at Mirror Group Newspapers. She started at the Sunday People as a reporter and feature writer then left for Today as deputy features editor. She later became news editor.
She was headhunted back to MGN as No.3 on the Daily Mirror and promoted to deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror in 1998.
Wyton confirmed that she has left the group but declined to comment.
By Jean Morgan