Northcliffe to cut ten more journalists in West Country

Ten more editorial jobs are set to go at Northcliffe’s Plymouth-based dailies The Herald and the Western Morning News.

Western Morning News editor Bill Martin said in a statement:”As part of an ongoing review of how the news and picture operations of the Herald and the Western Morning News are run, the merger of some news and picture desk functions is now being considered.

‘In a separate move, the commercial editorial department that serves all South West media group titles is being reconfigured to reflect last year’s change to weekly publication in Torquay and Exeter. The proposed restructure could lead to the loss of up to 10 posts across the two Plymouth-based titles.”

In March 2010, 30 editorial jobs were cut on Northcliffe’s West Country titles as the Western Morning News and Western Daily Press were merged.

Long serving Western Morning News editor Alan Qualtrough left the company in March 2012.

The decision to take the daily newspapers in Torquay and Exeter weekly last year led to more than 20 editorial redundancies.

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