Almost a thousand people have signed an online petition opposing budget cuts planned at The Herald group of newspapers, a matter of just four days since it was set up.
As reported on Friday, on allmediascotland, the e-petition calls on Newsquest – owner of The Herald, Sunday Herald, the Evening Times and publishing division, Caledonian – to stop cutting jobs and to honour a pledge made, when it bought the group four years ago, to maintain the
quality and level of coverage of Scottish issues and opinions.
If managing director, Tim Blott, was hoping he wouldn’t have a fight on his hands – as he tries to steer through a budget cut of between two and three million pounds – he will not be particularly enamoured by the comments on the petition, as well as the sheer weight of numbers. Very
few, if any, could be dismissed as cranky; almost all are both passionate and constructively argued.
Among the fears circulating among staff – who have been asked to apply for voluntary redundancy – is that the production of The Herald and the Sunday Herald will be merged into one, seven-day operation. There is speculation too that the Sunday Herald will be turned into a news magazine. The Evening Times is not immune from rumours, either, including that its
Saturday edition may be a casualty of the cuts. The biggest fear is that the group, as a whole, is being prepared for a sale.
Names on the petition include journalists and politicians, plus the occasional celebrity name, including Gordon Ramsay and Gerard Kelly.
Visit the petition here.
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