Sutton Coldfield News Closes Its Doors
Originally founded in 1869 the local free newspaper, The Sutton Coldfield News, will be publishing its final edition this week.
Delivered to homes in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington the paper is one of three regional publications being closed by the Trinity Group Midlands as the company goes through a restructuring process.
The restructuring of the group could result in the loss of up to 50 editorial posts across the Midlands region despite turning around a £7m loss in 2009 to an operating profit of £3.2m in 2010.
Speaking on the loss of the paper Cllr Philip Parkin said, “I am very sad to hear that the Sutton News is being axed. I would like to wish the best of luck to everyone involved with the paper.”
Other publications in the Trinity Mirror portfolio include the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail.
Trinity Mirror Midlands managing director Steve Anderson-Dixon is overseeing the changes and is quoted as saying
“This review of our organisational structure is vital if we are to ensure a future for our newspapers and websites in the Midlands.” (source Hold The Front Page)
NUJ Midlands organiser Chris Morley has accused the group of making nothing but cuts since taking over the reigns in 2001.