Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

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IS NEWS International planning a new round of job cuts in the spring? A bleak memo from the NI Staff Association, which negotiates on behalf of journalists with management, has warned at this time of declining sales that big cuts are inevitable. Decision time is looming for Rupert Murdochs lieutenants because NI must send its budget for 2007/ 8 to News Corporation HQ in New York for approval by May. The Times had a big round of redundancies described as agreed departures three years ago and insiders fear there could be another wave of editorial departures soon. NISA told staff it is consulting with management but that it does not know yet whether any job losses will be compulsory.

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NO SURPRISE that the British Press Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel were a sedate affair the organisers, the new owners of Press Gazette, wanted it to be that way after the controversy and boycotts of recent years. Plenty of hacks continued partying into the night. The Mirror team, who picked up four awards, celebrated at the Met Bar while another big posse decamped to the Groucho Club, where editors Roger Alton (right), Simon Kelner and Alan Rusbridger turned up.

Industrial quantities of champagne were ordered by the Obs, which won Newspaper of the Year. No wonder one senior member of the Guardian group was fretting about signing off the bill. .

RUMBLES of discontent among sports fans at the Financial Times, home to top cricket and football writers Matthew Engel and Simon Kuper. Editor Lionel Barber is planning to dispense with the sports section in the Pink Un from Tuesdays to Fridays, as part of a wider redesign next month. The cutbacks are expected to affect the FTs coverage of midweek Champions League football games and cricket reports on the first and last days of a Test Match. .

THE Work Foundation, whose chief executive is columnist Will Hutton, this week published a gloomy report warning about how staff can suffer when their firm is taken over by private equity. …

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