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Scottish journalists facing redundancy

Scottish journalists facing redundancy

Approximately 30 journalists in Scotland are facing the prospect of redundancy in the near future, it has emerged.

Edinburgh-based newspapers the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday have opted to react to falling circulation numbers with a new restructuring programme that is set to see between 25 and 33 per cent of its editorial staff lose their jobs.

Managing director of the titles' parent company Johnston Press Stuart Birkett said this decision has been made following an organisational review of the firm's business performance.

"The aim of these proposals is to improve operating efficiency, whilst maintaining the company's competitive position in the market," he added.

Mr Birkett went on to say that the organisation has begun the consultation process with the individuals affected by the move - as well as the National Union of Journalists - and pledged that "every effort" will be made to "minimise the impact of these proposals".

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Posted by Chris Stevenson