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Trinity Mirror announces job losses in digital content shift

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Trinity Mirror has announced a net total of 40 job losses as part of a restructure that will foster greater collaboration between its regional titles and national flagship papers, as well as put more emphasis on digital platforms.

The publisher of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror said that the "significant changes" to its publishing operation will create an "integrated approach to creating and sharing first-class content across the group".

Daily Mirror iPad app screenshot

© Trinity Mirror

Daily Mirror iPad app screenshot

© Trinity Mirror



The model will see content being shared between all Trinity's regional and national titles. But the move will also put greater emphasis on digital content, including "breaking news, pictures and video".

Trinity said that its regional titles would focus more on the curation of "community content". A new shared content unit based in Liverpool will create high-quality, non-local material for all of Trinity Mirror's regional newspapers and digital channels.

The restructure will result in 92 posts being cut from Trinity's 800 editorial staff across all titles, excluding Scotland, but the firm will hire 52 new posts, with half at the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.

This will mean a net loss of 40 roles overall, all coming from the regional newspaper teams. The company said that it hopes to achieve redundancies via voluntary means as well redeploying staff, where possible, to new positions.

Trinity Mirror editorial director Neil Benson said: "Our newsrooms have made great progress in embracing the digital world in recent years but, essentially, our processes have remained print-led.

"This new approach is a bold, imaginative step that will enable us to become a fully-fledged, digitally-focused news operation, and brings together for the first time the best of our regional and national journalism.

"It is never easy to make these decisions when it affects our colleagues in this way but we must re-engineer the way we work if our journalism is to thrive in the future."

Lloyd Embley, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, said that the restructure is a "huge step forward" for The Mirror as it puts more focus on digital.

He added that the move would be underpinned by technology, including new content management systems being rolled out across Trinity Mirror's newsrooms.

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