The Observer will be cut to four sections and drop several monthly supplements, staff at the paper were reportedly told yesterday.
According to a National Union of Journalists (NUJ) release, the new Observer will consist of news, sport and a review section, alongside a magazine.
The title’s monthly sport, music and women’s supplements will be closed.
Staff were informed of the changes by owners Guardian News & Media following months of speculation about the title’s future.
No mention of redundancy plans was made in the NUJ’s statement.
But the union’s head of publishing, Barry Fitzpatrick, said the changes would make the paper less competitive in ‘an already exceedingly tough marketplace’.
“It will do nothing to improve circulation and can only result in a lower quality product. We know that Guardian Media Group is looking to save costs, but they need to ensure that any steps don’t result in the running down of its titles,” he said in the release.
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