Scotsman Group Defers Pay Review and Explores Merging of Production

The Scotsman group of newspapers has become the latest media outlet to announce a pay freeze, at the same time instructing one of its editors to look into merging the production of all three of its titles – The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News.

Says group managing director, Michael Johnston, in a memo to staff, it’s technically a deferment of the January pay review to July. And Evening News’ editor, John McLellan, is understood to have been given a week to report on the practicalities of pooling production.

Like elsewhere in the Scottish media scene, the economic recession is being cited for the pay review decision.

In language little different from that used recently by his counterparts, Mark Hollinshead at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, and Tim Blott, at The Herald & Times, he writes: “It is imperative for the long-term security of the business that we do everything we can to contain costs.”

He continues: “By deferring salary reviews for six months, it is hoped that we will be in a better position to determine the overall impact of the recession on trading and decide whether a salary increase can be afforded.”

Johnston Press’s share price closed on Friday at 7.97p.

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