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'Daily Mirror', 'Sunday Mirror' editors made redundant in shakeup

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The editors of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror have been made redundant in a shakeup involving the two papers merging into one seven-day title, it has been announced.

Publisher Trinity Mirror said today (May 30) that the Daily Mirror's Richard Wallace and Sunday Mirror's Tina Weaver would leave with "immediate effect".

Daily Mirror Editor Richard Wallace

© PA Images / Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver

© PA Images / Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire



The company said that Lloyd Embley, current editor of The People, has been appointed to oversee both papers in the interim.

Two new senior editorial roles have been created for editors of the Daily Mirror and Mirror (Saturday and Sunday) respectively.

After being appointed, these people will report directly to Embley, who will be overall editor of the papers. A new editor for The People will also be "announced imminently".

The Daily Mirror front cover

© Rex Features

BBC News sources suggest that Wallace had been in work this morning as usual when he was sacked at around 10am, adding that he "clearly had no idea" that it would be his final day at the paper.

Mark Hollinshead, Trinity Mirror's managing director of nationals, praised Wallace and Weaver for their "extremely valuable contribution" to the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror.

'I'm delighted to appoint Lloyd to the position of editor of the Daily and Sunday Mirror. He is an accomplished editor who has done a first-class job on improving the performance and profile of The People having spent several years on the Daily Mirror in a senior executive role," he said in a statement.

"Both Richard and Tina leave with our best wishes for the future and our thanks for the extremely valuable contribution they have made to the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror during their tenure as respective editors."

Sly Bailey
Trinity Mirror, which saw its chief executive Sly Bailey resign last week, said that the move to a seven-day publishing model "is a further step towards creating one of the most technologically advanced and operationally efficient newsrooms in Europe".

The company recently made a multi-million pound investment in the ContentWatch editorial system, enabling the newsroom to more easily publish across newspapers, online, on mobile and through new e-editions for tablet devices.

But the move also comes after Rupert Murdoch's The Sun newspapers shifted to a seven-day publishing model following the closure of the News of the World.

"At the core of our business the Daily Mirror is as strong as ever with year-on-year circulation trends, despite widespread cut-price competition, outperforming the market in 11 out of the last 12 months," said Hollinshead.

"Today's announcement represents an important step change in meeting the needs of a multimedia publishing environment.

"The next 12 months will be transformational for our business as we continue to grow our online audience, maximise audience delivery on mobile, and launch new e-editions for tablet devices in addition to further developing our newspapers."

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