Friday 20 April 2018

Johnston Press to cut more staff

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

JOHNSTON Press is to cut more staff at its Irish business as it continues to revamp its operations here and in the UK.

In a memo signed off by the company's Irish managing director Jean Long, the group said it is introducing a voluntary severance scheme in October.

Details of the scheme were to be delivered "informally" to staff, and it will close at the end of this month.

The company has been beset by issues in its Irish business, where it runs 12 newspapers including the 'Kilkenny People' and 'Leinster Leader', employing 140 people.

In June it announced plans to close the 'Offaly Express' and said it would create "editorship clusters" by appointing joint editors for the 'Leitrim Observer' and 'Longford Leader', and the 'Leinster Express' and 'Leinster Leader'.

Latest accounts for Johnston Press's Irish business show the company returned to profit last year, posting earnings of €1.7m despite a 16pc decline in sales to €19.4m.

Earlier this year Johnston Press announced a raft of changes across its business in the UK and Ireland, switching some papers from daily to weekly publications and introducing uniform designs across its titles, which include the 'Yorkshire Post' and 'The Scotsman'.

Irish Independent

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