Bosses at Signal 1 radio in Stoke-on-Trent have told the NUJ union that they plan to axe two journalists’ jobs. Workers at the station are now balloting for action.
Signal 1 is the only commercial station in Britain that recognises the union.
Parent company UTV Radio is trying to disguise the cuts with talk of “news hubbing” where a regional centre will control bulletin production for six of its local radio stations. The “hub” will be some 50 miles from Stoke.
NUJ deputy general secretary Michelle Stanistreet says, “News hubbing is a trendy word for cutting and running from the communities that the stations claim to serve.
“Having news for six stations run by overworked journalists in Wigan is a recipe for disaster for listeners and workers.”
These cuts are part of the wider assault on local media. It is vital that NUJ activists battle to defend services and help give workers confidence to fight back.
Trinity Mirror bosses in Newcastle have announced that they want to cut 18 jobs.
The cuts represent around 10 percent of the workforce and are an attack on journalists who are still reeling from job cuts last year.
Trinity Mirror workers in the Midlands have called for a ballot for industrial action as management have announced 17 compulsory redundancies and are refusing to rule out further cuts.
Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post
Workers at the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post, who took 15 days of strike action against job cuts earlier this year, are to meet MPs this week.
The Commons culture select committee, which is discussing the threat to local media, had planned only talk to industry bosses.
Yorkshire Post journalists told the MPs that if they wanted the real story they should listen to people who work in the sector.