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Persistent cost pressures and an increasingly difficult market were two issues highlighted by The Times editor John Witherow in an application to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for greater flexibility to share resources The Times and Sunday Times on January 18 2019.

The undertakings that were put in place - mainly for The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers to have separate editors, editorial teams and newsrooms - were put in place when Rupert Murdoch acquired both newspapers in 1981.

Martin Ivens, editor of The Sunday Times, said, “The Sunday Times remains the biggest selling broadsheet in Britain and to protect our distinctive voice we need the freedom to work more closely to avoid duplication and invest more in the agenda-setting journalism we are famous for.”

The main concern regarding the application should it be granted, was starkly put by Mark Di Stefano, Media and Politics Reporter, BuzzFeed UK. The fear is that “cost pressures” equate to “job cuts”.(1) It certainly would seem that a potential merging of editorial teams is a substantial cut too.


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Author: Edward Beaver on February 5 2019

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