The Daily Mail is planning redundancies as part of a restructuring between the Mail and Mail on Sunday that is meant to bring the two publications “much closer together”.
The newspaper’s editor, Ted Verity, informed staff of the redundancies in an email, explaining that opportunities for future growth are in digital rather than print.
“As our industry continues to face challenges beyond our control, from changing reading habits to the high price of newsprint, it’s vital we keep refining the ways we work to retain—and enhance—our position as undisputed market leaders,” Verity wrote.
The Daily Mail and its sister-publications Mail on Sunday and MailOnline had previously hosted distinct teams with little overlap and sharing of resources. In September, Verity began the process of bridging the news-gathering operations of the three titles closer together in order to more efficiently “carry on producing the brilliant newspapers and magazines our readers love — while aggressively investing in digital expansion,” he added in the email.
As such, redundancies are to be felt primarily at print titles Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail.
The scale of layoffs was not divulged to staff; The Telegraph reports “dozens” of jobs are expected to be affected, however a source familiar with the matter refuted that number to The Media Leader. Additional roles may be adjusted in the form of different working patterns, job titles, line managers, or duties.