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Trinity Mirror to cut up to 75 jobs at national titles

Publisher to partly merge reporting and production at Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People in a seven-day operation

Up to 75 full- and part-time editorial jobs are to be cut at Trinity Mirror’s London-based national newspapers, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People.

The company said on Wednesday the job cuts were necessary to “meet the economic challenges” and “the technological revolution facing the industry”. The cuts could save millions of pounds a year in payroll alone.

Trinity Mirror did not rule out compulsory redundancies but said the aim was achieve the staff cuts through voluntary departures in as many cases as possible.

As part of the cost-cutting initiative, the company is making radical changes to reporting and production activities for the three titles, which currently have separate operations.

This involves a partial merging of the reporting and production operations across a seven-day rota.

However, Trinity Mirror said each paper will continue to have “a bespoke editorial team” to “protect their unique identity”. The company also plans to increase the number of pages outsourced to the Press Association for subediting.

The Daily Mirror editor, Richard Wallace, will take on management responsibility for the merged “content and production hub” in edition to his current role.

Wallace, Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver and her People counterpart Lloyd Embley will continue to report to Mark Hollinshead, managing director of Trinity Mirror’s nationals division.

“[The] restructuring proposals for its UK national titles which represent the next stage in its aim to create one of the most technologically advanced and operationally efficient multimedia newsrooms in Europe,” Trinity Mirror said a statement.

The publisher added that the new operation will give editors greater “flexibility” and “increase the range and depth of regional coverage” with the recruitment of a number of district reporters.

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