ePetition against Herald cuts approaching 1,000 names

ALMOST a 1,000 people have signed an online petition opposing budget cuts planned at The Herald group of newspapers, a matter of just four days since it was set up.

As reported on Friday, on allmediascotland, the ePetition calls on Newsquest Рowner of The Herald, Sunday Herald, the Evening Times and publishing division, Caledonian Рto stop cutting jobs and to honour a pledge made, when it bought the group four years ago, to maintain the quality and level of coverage of Scottish issues and opinions.

Among the fears circulating among staff – who have been asked to apply for voluntary redundancy – is that the production of The Herald and the Sunday Herald will be merged into one, seven-day operation. There is speculation too that the Sunday Herald will be turned into a news magazine.

The Evening Times is not immune from rumours, either, including that its Saturday edition may be a casualty of the cuts.

The biggest fear is that the group, as a whole, is being prepared for a sale.