Friday, September 28, 2012

News: Johnston Press set to move more print to Rotherham


Johnston Press, one of the largest local newspaper publishers in the UK, is set to transfer printing from Sunderland to Rotherham, from the end of October.

An article in their own paper, the Sunderland Echo stated that: "Closing the press hall will end nearly 140 years of the Echo being printed in Sunderland.

"A total of 81 people are set to lose their jobs. A number of journalists are also set to lose their jobs as subediting roles are moved."

In 2007, the publisher of titles such as the Yorkshire Post and The Star, opened a £60m printing facility on the site of the former Dinnington Colliery in Rotherham. It includes state-of-the-art facilities including one of the most modern and fastest presses in the world. It has the capacity to print 192 pages in full colour, 120,000 newspapers an hour in full colour and 75 titles per week.

The latest move follows news in February that production of the Yorkshire Post would move to Rotherham and out of Leeds where it has been printed for 250 years.

David Crow, operating manager of Group Services at Johnston Press, said: "A strategic review has been undertaken of the Johnston Press print capacity. As a result of this review it is proposed to close Sunderland Web and transfer the majority of printing to Sheffield Web [at Dinnington], with some external contract print support.

"Should the proposal proceed, staff currently employed within the Sunderland Web will transfer via TUPE legislation, to Sheffield Web at the end of October."

Consultations are now underway.

Johnston Press would then be reduced to two major print facilities, one in Rotherham and the other in Portsmouth.

Johnston Press website


Anonymous,  October 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM  

Unfortunately Rotherham is not mentioned as to where these papers are printed!

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