House of Commons
NEWSQUEST - THE HERALD AND EVENING TIMES NEWSPAPERS
EDM #539
Tabled 14 November 2017
2017-19 Session
That this House is alarmed by recent actions by Newsquest, owner of The Herald and Evening Times newspapers; is concerned by the approach to five senior members of staff offering redundancy packages; notes that in the last few weeks, the Editors of The Herald and Evening Times were told they would be stood down to the role of Deputy Editor with substantial pay cuts; further notes that those Editors were told they would operate in the same way as previously but under one Editor for both titles; notes that both Editors refused those offers and faced dismissal before intervention by the National Union of Journalists so that exit packages were negotiated; notes that a Deputy Sports Editor has also left with an exit package; is concerned that there are serious doubts about the new structure and concerns over extreme workloads that will drive up stress and over bullying; and believes that these measures will affect the quality of both titles