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Johnston Press papers face redesign to cut costs

NEWSPAPERS owned by publishing group Johnston Press are to be dramatically redesigned so as to make them cheaper to produce in the latest move by the group to cut costs.

Johnston, which has some 36 titles across the island, including the 'Donegal Democrat' and 'Leinster Leader', will employ five templates across its newspapers here and in the UK which will restrict page design.

The latest changes come as the head of the publisher's Irish business Jean Long began a 'road show' of staff briefings across all the Scottish firm's publications here.

Ms Long is known to have visited Clonmel's 'The Nationalist', 'Kilkenny People' and is expected to visit the 'Leinster Leader' in Naas this morning. All staff are being called in for these meetings. Ms Long is emphasising the fact that online content is now here to stay and the company needs to adapt to suit the changing environment.

Redundancies are not believed to have been discussed so far.

Chief executive Ashley Highfield, who made his name by setting up the BBC's iPlayer, is expected to make a "significant" announcement about the group's future direction with the annual results today.

Irish Independent