Two editors have left newspaper publishers, Trinity Mirror, following a decision to merge the production of the Daily Mirror and its Sunday sister title into a seven-day operation.
With the editorships of both papers having been made redundant, the company – which also publishes the Daily Record, the Sunday Mail and several local newspapers in Scotland – has appointed Lloyd Embley from its People newspaper to oversee the new operation.
The redundancies involve Richard Wallace and Tina Weaver, who, says Trinity Mirror, have left “with immediate effect”.
Says a Trinity Mirror statement, on its website: The decision, approved by the board, is a further step towards creating one of the most technologically advanced and operationally efficient newsrooms in Europe.
“The seven day organisation across the two titles is enabled through the company's multi-million pound investment in the ContentWatch editorial system. The new structure will ensure that our newsroom is fully equipped to achieve the company's multi-media publishing strategy across our newspapers, online, mobile and new e-editions for tablet devices.
“Lloyd Embley has been appointed editor of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror with immediate effect. Lloyd was previously editor of The People and will continue to report to Mark Hollinshead, Managing Director Nationals.
“Two new senior editorial roles have been created with an editor for the Daily Mirror (weekdays) and a Weekend editor of the Mirror which combines the editorship of the Daily Mirror on Saturday with that of the Sunday Mirror. Both roles will report to Lloyd Embley. These appointments, together with a new editor for The People, will be announced imminently.
“In addition Paula Scott has been appointed Publishing Director Magazines and will continue to report to Mark Hollinshead, Managing Director, Nationals. Paula was previously Business Development Director.”
The statement quotes Hollinshead, as saying: “At the core of our business the Daily Mirror is as strong as ever with year on year circulation trends, despite widespread cut price competition, out performing the market in 11 out of the last 12 months.
“Today's announcement represents an important step change in meeting the needs of a multi-media publishing environment. The next 12 months will be transformational for our business as we continue to grow our online audience, maximise audience delivery on mobile and launch new e-editions for tablet devices in addition to further developing our newspapers.
“I'm delighted to appoint Lloyd to the position of Editor of the Daily and Sunday Mirror. He is an accomplished editor who has done a first-class job on improving the performance and profile of The People having spent several years on the Daily Mirror in a senior executive role.
“Both Richard and Tina leave with our best wishes for the future and our thanks for the extremely valuable contribution they have made to the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror during their tenure as respective editors.”