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Johnston Press set to cut 13 editorial jobs in Northern Ireland

Published 09/01/2016

Staff have been told that the firm wants between eight and 13 voluntary editorial redundancies with other non-editorial jobs also under threat
Staff have been told that the firm wants between eight and 13 voluntary editorial redundancies with other non-editorial jobs also under threat

The publisher of the News Letter is to cut up to 13 editorial jobs in Northern Ireland.

Johnston Press also owns a chain of local papers.

Staff have been told that the firm wants between eight and 13 voluntary editorial redundancies with other non-editorial jobs also under threat.

The Edinburgh-based firm owns more than 200 newspapers across the UK.

In an email to staff, the group's editor-in-chief said there would be job cuts across the firm following "a challenging year".

A staff member said the announcement was "a shocking start to the year for staff".

They said that staff had been told just weeks ago that there were no editorial job cuts in the pipe line.

In 2014, Johnston Press reported a pre-tax loss of £24m. Underlying profits, which excluded restructuring costs, rose from £54m to £56m.

The chief executive, Ashley Highfield, received pay of £1.65m, including a £645,000 bonus. The company said it had no comment to make on the job losses.

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