The Secretary of State, Matt Hancock, has approved Reach’s (formerly Trinity Mirror) takeover of Express Newspapers.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
Continuing to work with staff to improve the reach and commercial success of the titles should now be Simon Fox’s priority. Full and meaningful consultation with the NUJ is vital to address the concerns of staff following a period of significant uncertainty and anxiety over what cuts may be planned as part of the cost-savings already identified. Preserving jobs and tackling casualisation of roles will be our priority in those talks.
Ensuring that the plurality of existing newspaper titles is not diminished as a result of this acquisition has always been a major concern for the NUJ. We will continue to engage with the company about how editorial standards will be maintained, at the same time as ensuring titles have the necessary resources to preserve their distinct editorial voices with enough journalists to do that work properly.