Northwich Guardian staff call on Newsquest to keep base in the town

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by David Prior

Journalists at the Northwich Guardian have called on Newsquest to retain a base in the Cheshire town - as more of the publisher's Northern journalists were made redundant.

The high-street office closed last week and the staff were moved to the premises of the Warrington Guardian, 15 miles away.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said that its members "understand the need for the closure", but would like to have a base situated within the community they have served for the past 157 years.

Jane Kennedy, NUJ Northern and Midlands assistant organiser, said: “While staff at Northwich recognise the need to make savings on the building they have occupied, they hope to be able to persuade local managers that a small base in the town would be a great asset for their reporters and it would demonstrate to the local community that Newsquest is still committed to Northwich.”

The journalists have won support from local MP Graham Evans.

He said: “I am keen if possible for the Northwich Guardian to maintain some sort of a foothold in the town and would be happy to support steps to help this happen.”

Meanwhile, staff at Newsquest titles in Blackburn, at the Lancashire Telegraph, and in Bolton, at the Bolton News, lost further posts in December.

A photographer at Blackburn and a content editor in Bolton have been made redundant.

Kennedy added: "The number of redundancies in the north west might appear to be small, but these teams have already been cut to the bone and those left behind have been put under further pressure at work.

"We are calling on Newsquest to reward those who are still working at the titles with a pay increase this year, to reflect the increased workloads and additional skills required to produce the local newspaper titles. Without their hardworking and dedicated staff, the company has nothing."