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Employees at Newsquest papers in west Wales are offering to work less hours in order to keep their jobs, MediaGuardian reported Thursday.

Members of the National Union of Journalists at the Milford Mercury and Western Telegraph have decided to not take a ballot on industrial action after agreeing to cut their hours. The two papers will merge editorial teams, which would have led to redundancies.

"We have saved a position but it involves four people who were already lowly paid taking home even less," said Lawrence Shaw, the NUJ assistant organiser for Wales, according to MediaGuardian.

Each reporter is expected to lose one day's worth of pay per week.


Leah McBride Mensching


2008-12-20 05:03

Johnston Press may merge the production and photo departments at its three newspapers in Edinburgh, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Evening News. The move would likely lead to job cuts, HoldtheFrontPage reported Monday.

John McLellan, Evening News editor, said he is compiling a report dealing with how a merger would work, and what it would mean for workers.

"The situation is that we're looking at merging our production and photographic processes of all three titles under one roof. This would involve sub-editors and picture desk and I'm compiling a report," McLellan said, according to HoldtheFrontPage. "I think it's possible to merge them but the question is what will the effect be and how it will operate. I only learned about this at the end of last week,"

McLellan denied plans of putting the three titles under one editor-in-chief, a plan announced at the Herald and Times Group in Glasgow last week.


Alexandra Zeumer


2008-12-08 08:16

Aiming to create further operational efficiency, Cox Enterprises will combine its newspaper, television and radio holdings into one group, Cox Media Group, Inc., The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.

The three units will be separate under the group title, but will be housed under the same corporate roof. The move is hoped to create "efficiencies that allow us to strengthen Cox for the future," Jimmy Hayes, president and chief operating officer of the Atlanta, United States-based Cox Enterprises, said in a statement.

The newspaper unit will house 17 dailies and 26 non-dailies, while the TV unit will house 15 TV stations and the radio unit will contain 86 stations. Cox Media Group will also be home to digital media services, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which is owned by Cox and part of the newspaper unit. Meanwhile, Cox Radio will continue to be a publicly-traded company.

The reorganisation under the Cox Media Group name is slated for completion by January, 2009, Cox said in a statement.

Sandy Schwartz has been named president of the new group, and said the move will also help the company house its digital holdings under one group, which will "ultimately lead to enhanced online and mobile experiences for all our audiences," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


Leah McBride Mensching


2008-12-04 11:26

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