MPs to be Briefed on Herald Job Cuts

Officials from the National Union of Journalists are to brief MPs at Westminster tomorrow on proposed job cuts at the Herald group of newspapers – the fourth round of redundancies in five years, with some 20 editorial posts facing the axe and a further 20 in non-editorial.

The NUJ will seek to argue that Scottish jobs are being lost to keep returns high for the owners’ US shareholders and that the plurality of debate in Scotland is at risk should content in the papers be reduced – in terms of both quantity and quality. The group comprises The Herald, the Sunday Herald, the Evening Times and a magazines division.

Says a NUJ insider: “While Tim Blott, the managing director, claims that there has been ‘substantial investment’ in Scotland, the actual spending on a new ‘state-of-the-art’ computer system for three newspapers and the magazine division, combined, is just