Monday 18 December 2017

Sunday Times seeking to cut staff at Irish operation by 10pc

Peter Flanagan

THE Irish operation of 'The Sunday Times' is to reduce its staff by more than 10pc as part of a wider range of ongoing cuts across the newspaper group.

The paper, which is owned by the Rupert Murdoch-controlled News International, is believed to have started a 30-day consultation period with a view to reducing its staff of 31 by four. The redundancies are thought to be across the news, culture and business desks.

Frank Fitzgibbon, the editor of the Irish edition, said his paper had finally bowed to the inevitable by cutting staff.

"We've resisted the market for a long time now, but business just hasn't picked up as we hoped it would. There have been much bigger cuts in the UK arm of the business so this was to be expected unfortunately," he said.

The cuts continue what has been a bad August at Irish newspapers. Last week, the 'Sunday Business Post' was said to be seeking pay cuts and to reduce some staff's working hours; while Johnston Press, which owns a number of regional titles including the 'Kilkenny People' and 'Leinster Leader', announced a new round of redundancies at the start of the month.

Yesterday's announcement follows staff reductions at 'The Sunday Times' in London. Last May it emerged that the newspaper's budget would be reduced by about 10pc and it would cut up to 30 jobs.

Irish Independent

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