Associated Newspapers' free daily newspaper Metro to make 30 job cuts

Free daily newspaper Metro is planning to make up to 30 people redundant, according to reports.

Redundancies: Thursday's London Metro
Redundancies: Thursday's London Metro

PaidContent:UK has reported the paper will cut 30 jobs in its Metro Life section. This covers its regional arts, entertainment and food coverage in the centre of the paper. Metro Life is produced by journalists at Metro's offices in Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Bristol.

Those whose jobs are affected are being called into meetings in London, Glasgow and Manchester today.

Associated Newspapers, which publishes the London Metro, stated: 'Metro today announced a series of potential redundancies from its regional editorial operations. The redundancies are part of Metro's cost reduction plans, in response to the challenging economic conditions we face. We will be consulting fully with employees affected by this announcement.'

Trinity Mirror publishes the paper in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Liverpool. The Manchester Metro is published by the Guardian Media Group and the Metro in Cardiff is jointly published by Associated and Trinity Mirror.

ABC results published earlier this month, recorded a 732,337 distribution figure for the London Metro, down 1.65 per cent year on year.

This follows last week's news that News International is to close thelondonpaper, putting the future of free newspapers under the spotlight.

PaidContent:UK is a subsidiary of media and information company ContentNext Media, which is owned by Guardian News and Media Limited.

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