Trinity Mirror’s merger of the newsrooms of three of its national titles, with a reported eight senior job losses, looks as if it is also about to impact the sports desks, where four into three jobs will no longer go. And all with what us sports hacks like to call “the big kick-off”, the start of the new football season, just a few days away.
At present Dean Morse is head of sport at the Daily Mirror, where Dominic Hart is sports editor; James Brown (no, not that one) is sports editor at the People and David Walker the long-established sports editor at the Sunday Mirror. All that seems set to change within the next week or so.
All four have endured – and survived – previous staffing culls at Trinity Mirror when the business was being run by Sly Bailey, but word from Canary Wharf is that this time, at least one senior sports figure may depart. Consultations are on-going, with one of the fab four believed already to have lodged an appeal against being compelled to take redundancy.
New jobs for digital journalists and “investment” in data journalism have been promised by the management, in what by now is a familiar pattern across what was once known as Fleet Street. "The creation of the integrated newsroom will result in more journalists contributing more content across all platforms," a company statement said when the merger was announced.
Sources at Canary Wharf suggests that once the reshuffle has been conducted, in a high-level game of musical chairs, none of the sports desk executives will still be in the same job. Significantly, it is being suggested that the merger will see the Sunday titles’ staffing subject to greatest “streamlining”.