East Anglia papers demoralised by JP move

LEEDS isn’t the only part of the UK where Johnston Press staff are angered by current management decisions.

In East Anglia, journalists working for the Bury Free Press, the Suffolk Free Press, the Diss Express, Newmarket Journal and Haverhill Echo are facing losing 11 jobs, mostly sub-editors, after the company decided to “centralise” operations in Peterborough, between 60 and 80 miles away from the papers’ homes.

Managers at Johnston Press’s East Midlands Division are unmoving in their belief that this will “take the company forward” and make the papers “fit for purpose”.

“Anglia Newspapers was fit for purpose,” says NUJ mother of chapel Gaye Rynsard, “making a very good profit, before JP got so greedy.

“We feel the years of experience and professionalism have been ripped out of the affected offices.

“Be assured you have our full support in your action,” added Gaye.

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