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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Newspaper firm announces job losses

CUMBRIA-BASED independent media company CN Group has announced further restructuring plans which could lead to the loss of 37 jobs and provide £1.5million in savings over a full year.

The company – owners of The Whitehaven News – informed staff last week about the proposed plans which include the closure of its print plant in Barrow, part of its Furness Newspapers Limited business, putting 28 jobs at risk.

Changes suggested for the telesales and accountancy operations will put a further three jobs at risk at FNL.

A further five jobs could be lost at its Hexham subsidiary J Catherall & Co (Printers) Limited if advertising production is moved to Carlisle where one job is at risk in the commercial print sales area.

However, should the latest plans go ahead, two extra positions will be created and current jobs secured at the Carlisle print plant as work is moved to the Dalston Road site from Barrow. Two further part-time jobs will also be created in advertising make-up in Carlisle.

The group’s radio division – including Lakeland Radio and The Bay – has already made savings of £150,000 and is reviewing its cost base going forward.

The process, which will continue into July, follows an initial cost-saving exercise which ended in February this year, that led to the loss of 40 jobs across the group, as it moved to limit the effects of the ongoing recession.

CN employs 670 people across its multi-media businesses.

CN chief executive Robin Burgess said: “The original and proposed changes have been done in such a way to ensure all the group’s titles are still being published and there is a minimal effect on content.

“It is very sad to be making this announcement today but if the proposals go forward it will ensure we are well placed to withstand the recession and take advantage of the recovery when it comes.”

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