The UK’s second biggest selling Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Mirror, has
laid off 14 staff and more are expected to go as part of a bid to cut
costs at the paper.
Deputy news editor Hamish MacGregor, who has been with the newspaper for
25 years, deputy features editor Polly Hepburn and sports editor Keith
Fisher were among last week’s casualties.
The magazine’s staff has been slashed by a quarter, mainly on the
production desk, and insiders say that the remaining magazine staff have
been told that their situation will be reviewed in three months.
The cuts follow the recent appointment of People editor Bridget Rowe as
managing director of the Sunday Mirror. Neither Sunday Mirror editor
Tessa Hilton or managing director Bridget Rowe were available to comment
on the job cuts.
Sales of the Sunday Mirror in March fell 0.9 per cent from the previous
month to just over 2.4 million while the People crept up slightly to
just over 2.03 million.
The round of redundancies angered staff as they came in the same week
that Mirror Group sent staff a copy of its annual report which showed
that chief executive David Montgomery and MD Charlie Wilson receive
salaries of pounds 1.1 million. It also shows that Mirror Group’s cable
TV venture Live TV suffered a pounds 10 million loss last year.