14th November 2015

Newsquest Moves Production To Wales

Production of Newsquest's South London newspapers is moving to Wales and Dorset.


Newsquest has announced that production of its newspapers in South London is to move to Wales and Dorset.

This means that eight sub-editors are being forced to either move to Newport or Weymouth, or face redundancy.

Titles affected by this include: the Croydon, Surtton, Wandsworth and Wimbledon Guardian, the News Shopper series,  the Richmond and Twickenham Times and the Surrey Comet.

"We regret Newsquest South London’s continued attack on experienced journalists and the constant erosion of what separates professional newsrooms from keen amateur blogs.

“These cuts were known in advance and some of the sub-editing team were allowed to take voluntary redundancy as part of that. This came into effect in July of this year.

"We question Newsquest’s priorities and believe this plan to be counter-productive. We are concerned about the detrimental effect this announcement will have on the newsroom, particularly the increase in workload for the editorial staff, and the drop in quality the loss of the sub-editing team will inevitably lead to.

“The loss in experience from the newsroom is immeasurable – many of the sub-editing team have many years of experience behind them and a wealth of knowledge about the areas we serve. We will now work closely with our members to ensure the best possible outcome for those involved." said the South London NUJ chapel.

 
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