Belfast printing works closure to cost almost 90 jobs
A printing works in the Belfast Telegraph's landmark city centre building is to close - a move that is set to cost almost 90 jobs and will see the daily paper relocate its offices.
Independent News and Media Limited has blamed the closure of the Royal Avenue premises on continuing decline in print volumes and the end of a key contract.
A spokesman for INM said: "The company appreciates the difficult situation this causes for employees and will begin a period of consultation with the workforce and their trade union representatives."
As well as its own titles, INM prints several national newspapers in the architecturally acclaimed building.
INM publishes the Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life and Sunday World in Northern Ireland. The company said business at those titles would not be impacted but staff would be moved to new offices.
The company said discussions would be held with other publishers that use the printers to find alternative arrangements before the Belfast operation closes - which will happen in the next ten months.
The spokesman added: "The closure of the print operation reflects the wider global trend in declining newspaper circulations, and the rise of news consumption via digital channels. INM remains committed to its long term strategy of multiplatform news delivery in Northern Ireland."