Re-think on Record Job Cuts Urged in Wake of News of World Demise

The National Union of Journalists is urging a re-think by the publishers of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail to axe 90 journalism posts a the papers, in light of today's last edition of the News of the World.

Last month, it was announced that 90 journalism posts had been earmarked for redundancy at the two Trinity Mirror titles, with the resulting lost editorial to be largely replaced by content from sister titles, the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror.

It is understood that 46 applications for voluntary redundancy were received by a deadline of Monday, with negotiations ongoing to try to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies.

But with the demise of the News of the World, the NUJ believes a commercial opportunity exists for at least the Sunday Mail to go on the offensive in the Sunday newspaper market.

In a NUJ statement, Scottish Organiser, Paul Holleran, is quoted as saying: “This is a great opportunity for the titles to go on the offensive and challenge the News International fold. The strategy of Anglicising the Record and Sunday Mail is flawed in our opinion and we believe the time is right to change from a position of making defensive cuts to promoting the Trinity Scottish titles as the premier daily papers in this country.”