Guardian says "around 40" journalists to take voluntary redundancy
The Guardian has reported that around 40 Guardian News & Media editorial staff (out of a target of 100 jobs) are taking voluntary redundancy. This includes several staff from its media website MediaGuaridan.co.uk.
Those taking voluntary redundancy according to the report include Stephen Brook and Chris Tryhorn who work on MediaGuardian.co.uk and the Guardian’s San Francisco-based technology reporter Bobbie Johnson.
The story quotes a Guardian News & Media spokesman saying: “A number of staff have had their requests for voluntary redundancy confirmed this week. Work on the budget and discussions with individual members of staff are ongoing, and the total number of people leaving will not be finalised for some time.”
The cuts are part of a plan to cut £100,000 in cost at the Guardian and come in the same week that Guardian News & Media revealed a £57m pre-tax loss in the year to March 2009.
Its going to be interesting to see how the cuts to MediaGuardian.co.uk affect is coverage as the pool of journalists covering the UK media sector recedes (Media Week in print close here last year).
It has been speculated that Guardian News & Media will have to resort to compulsory cuts if it doesn’t hit its target voluntarily.
Also this week it was reported that The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger ruled out any move towards a pay wall.