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Reports suggest Lichfield Post’s owner could make cuts

lichfieldpostlogoThe company which owns the Lichfield Post could be about to axe eight newspapers in the Midlands, according to reports.

The National Union of Journalists are claiming that Trinity Mirror are set to make further cuts to their newspapers in the region – although they make no indication which titles could be set for the chop.

Trinity Mirror’s Midlands Weekly Media division holds a number of titles locally including the Lichfield Post and the Cannock Chase and Burntwood Post, as well as publications from neighbouring towns like the Tamworth Times and Sutton Coldfield News.

The Lichfield Post has already seen the closure of its office on Bore Street with much of the newspaper’s production now carried out from other sites in the Midlands.

If the Lichfield Post is one of the potential eight to be axed it would leave the city to be served directly by just two print publications – the Lichfield Mercury and the Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle.

NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear said:

“It is clear these cuts are being directed by the board. Editorial staff and managers are vehemently opposed to them. There can be no doubt former MD Steve Brown was sacked for refusing to countenance the wholesale destruction of the titles being planned.

“The company needs to come clean about these disastrous plans and the community needs to stand up for quality journalism. If Trinity Mirror shareholders are more interested in filling their pockets than providing the resources necessary to ensure the people of the Midlands are properly served by their local papers, they should step aside and let others take over the titles.”

A spokesman for Trinity Mirror told Hold The Front Page:

“We are constantly reviewing our business, particularly in the current challenging economic environment. As always, if we do have any plans to announce, our staff would be the first to know.”

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