41 jobs axed at Manchester’s Channel M

Just heard the terrible news that Channel M is to shed 41 of it’s 74 full-time staff are to be made redundant. This announcment, courtesy of my favourite media site Digital Spy, comes hot on the heals of Guardian Media Group’s recent decision to slash local Salford reporters and centralise the Salford Advertiser at the MEN’s city centre offices.

According to The Guardian, staff were told that Channel M’s schedule will be reduced from June, with sports programming and a local evening news bulletin becoming the main aspects of its output.

GMG Regional Media chief executive Mark Dodson said the job cuts were “deeply regrettable but, in the current climate and in the context of wider changes in our industry, they are unavoidable”.

The news comes a month after MEN Media announced that it would be closing all editorial offices of its 22 weekly newspapers in the north-west and axing up to 150 jobs across these titles and its flagship daily Manchester Evening News, including 78 editorial roles.

That announcement saw criticism from local Salford councillors who felt that the Labour-led Salford Council’s decision to cut advertising and statutory public notices from the Salford Advertiser, in favour of it’s own in-house “IN Life” magazine contributed to the decision and subsequent local job losses.