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Is the Sunday Express being written by a bunch of Twitters? An account seemingly authored* by BBC TV critic David Stephenson (@pindarri), has only got 13 31 followers.

Other sites uncovered by Journalism.co.uk include his blog with its one inaugural post (December 26, 2009), which has earned him only 2 Google Friend Connect followers.

Hat-tip: Malcolm Coles.

*We weren’t able to get through to David Stephenson yesterday afternoon, or this morning, to confirm that it’s his actual account, but it links to a blog set up in December 2009 and his TV related tweets date back further. Journalisted only lists one David Stephenson at the Sunday Express. If it’s a hoax, we’ll happily wipe the egg off our faces.

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Keep It Legal: BBC’s £1m libel bill

October 14th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick, Legal

The discovery that the BBC has paid out almost £1 million in costs and damages for libel from current affairs programmes in two years has shocked the Sunday Express, but not Richard Sharpe, writing on ETC’s Keep It Legal Blog.

“The BBC received 71 complaints about libel since January 2008 and spent £121,000 on lawyers to defend itself, says the Sunday Express.

“Consider just one fact about the output of the BBC: over 78,000 radio hours in its past financial year over 10 radio networks. And it has 8 TV networks also pumping out hours of viewing.

“Current affairs is a central part of the BBC. The BBC spends £4.5 billion on operating expenditure, putting out those radio and TV hours, putting up the websites and all the support needed to do that.”

Full post at this link…

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Editorial job losses at Express Newspapers reduced from 70 following union talks

September 24th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Job losses, Jobs, Newspapers

As reported on Journalism.co.uk in August, Northern & Shell, owners of Express Newspapers and OK! magazine, announced plans to make 70 journalists at its newspaper titles – Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Sunday Star – redundant.

Now the company has reduced the overall number of cuts at the newspapers from 90 to 75. This means the number of journalism jobs cut would be reduced from 70 to between 52 and 57 – a figure reported by the Guardian and confirmed to Journalism.co.uk by the National Union of Journalists.

“The reduction in job cuts was only announced after the NUJ had warned the company that they were not following the right procedure,” said Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary.

Stanistreet, a former Express Newspapers union representative, attended talks with the company this week.

“While we welcome the reduced numbers we still don’t know how the papers can be produced with the few people who will be left. We want to see some proper plans and we want guarantees that there will be no compulsory redundancies.”

Last year 80 Daily and Sunday Express redundancies were proposed by Northern & Shell, to cut the number of staff sub-editors, long-term regular casual sub-editors and other casual journalism staff.

Last year’s cutbacks included the introduction of a new working week pattern for sub-editing staff at the paper and a production system, which would allow some staff to write directly onto page templates without the need for sub-editors.

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INM signs £40m print deal in Northern Ireland

September 16th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Newspapers

Amid all the ominous news surrounding Independent News&Media a more positive story for the company has surfaced:

A £40m print deal will make Northern Ireland one of the biggest producers of daily newspapers in Europe, after INM signed contracts with the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror.

INM will now be printing all Mirror titles and the Telegraph titles, as well as the Sun, News of the World, the Daily Express and Sunday Express, the Daily Star and the London Independent.

The Belfast Telegraph reports:

“The first deal sees all sections of the Daily Telegraph printed in the company’s high-tech plant at Newry for the next 15 years. The second deal brings the Daily Mirror to the Belfast Telegraph print plant for a seven-year term.

“The deals represent two of the longest print agreements signed in the region and have been made possible by an IN&M investment strategy which has seen more than £50m spent on new presses in both centres.”

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MediaGuardian: Express cuts will cause titles’ ‘immediate demise as national papers’, says NUJ

September 12th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) chapel at Express Newspapers has criticised proposed job cuts at the Express and Sunday Express.

Plans were announced on Wednesday to more than 80 staff and casual sub-editors.

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Media Guardian: More than 80 journalists will lose jobs at Express Newspapers

September 11th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs, Newspapers

The Daily Express and Sunday Express will dimiss more than 80 journalists by the end of the year. A new editorial production system Woodwing is also being introduced at the papers, which will allow journalists to write some stories directly onto the page layout – bypassing production staff.

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Express Newspapers staff vote for strike action

March 27th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Newspapers

Journalists at the Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star are to undertake a series of 24-hour strikes over pay.

Strike action – scheduled for April 3, 10 and 17 – was approved at a National Union of Journalists (NUJ) meeting last night and is a reaction to ‘a below inflation pay offer’ – 3 per cent – made by the papers’ management to staff.

A statement from the NUJ also expressed concerns over owner Richard Desmond’s involvement with editorial decision making at the titles.

“We want the editors to be left to edit, free from commercial interference that puts opportunities to boost circulation ahead of journalistic integrity. Our titles need real investment, instead we face continuous rounds of budget cuts and inadequate staffing levels. Now we’re being told to take a below inflation pay offer and be grateful we’re not facing more redundancies this year – we’ve simply had enough,” said Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ President and union representative at the Express.

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