Reach chief hits back at trolls 'celebrating job losses'

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Alison Gow, Reach’s Editor in Chief for Regional Digital, has hit back at trolls “celebrating job losses at my employer”.

Yesterday Reach, which owns the Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo, announced it was to cut 550 jobs, equating to 12% of its total workforce.

Gow, who is also President of the Society of Editors, wrote: “Opening Twitter to see people celebrating job losses at my employer is very strange. Who in their right mind would say 'Yay, Pret is closing outlets - they got my coffee order wrong once!'

“But news publisher shedding people in global pandemic  = excellent. Also, for the hard of thinking, Reach is owned by shareholders - no "media mogul" involved.

“And if you believe the Mirror is Tory-supporting you need to go lie down in a dark room."

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The publisher saw revenue sink by 27.5% in the quarter to the end of June, a period when a fifth of its staff were placed on furlough.

The company said it now plans to begin a 45-day consultation period with around 550 staff and move to editorial to a "more centralised structure" bringing together national and regional teams across print and digital in a bid to "significantly increase efficiency and remove duplication".

Reach also said it would move to fewer newsrooms and a "simpler" management structure.