Independent News and Media has announced significant editorial changes that will see its main titles share more resources, with up to 30 jobs to go at the company as a result.
At a meeting this afternoon the group’s employees were told that a ‘centralised news desk’ would be introduced to coordinate content for its daily and Sunday newspapers, as well as its digital titles.
This would see most reporters write stories for The Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent, Sunday World or Independent.ie – rather than being assigned to a single publication.
The group’s sports reporters would also be brought together in a ‘hub’, it said, which mirrors a similar system introduced for the group’s political and business reporters in 2013.
Aside from editorial changes, INM also said that print production would become a shared service for all titles in order to increase efficiencies.
Up to 30 jobs will be cut as part of the cost-cutting measures, and employees were told a voluntary redundancy package would be introduced as part of this.
INM said the changes are due to be completed by July, though it would not say how much was expected to be saved as a result.