Seven advertising page make-up posts estimated to be at risk of redundancy at Media Scotland

SEVEN advertising page make-up posts are estimated to be at risk of redundancy in Scotland as part of UK-wide plans announced by the publishers of the Daily Record, Sunday Mail and several Scots local newspapers.

The estimate, by the National Union of Journalists, follows an outsourcing announcement by Trinity Mirror, which operates in Scotland as Media Scotland.

Says Trinity Mirror, it is planning to restructure its pre-press and studio departments, with a view to outsourcing the work to an external provider in India.

Says a statement by the newspaper publisher: “These proposals are expected to result in a reduction of approximately 110 positions across the group [UK-wide] and Trinity Mirror has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff and their representatives.

“It is hoped that as many staff as possible will be retained in the business in alternative roles and that any reduction in staff numbers can be achieved through voluntary means.

“Theses changes are expected to be made over a nine-month period and aim to create the most efficient and cost-effective production model for the business.”

A spokesperson for Trinity Mirror was unable to confirm or deny the NUJ’s estimate.