Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Panic On Old Hall Street

Either the Liverpool Echo is regurgitating an old story (which wouldn't be a first), or it's starting to panic at local reaction to next year's transfer of its printing operation to Oldham. How else to account for Echo editor Alastair Machray's comments in Saturday's edition reappearing in today's paper (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2008/09/09/echo-editor-we-re-committed-to-this-city-100252-21709088/ )?
Actually, I suspect it's the latter, given the blurb at the top of the piece:
"EDITOR Alastair Machray today urged people to support the ECHO as it restructures for the future."
Given that the "restructuring" involves the loss of 100 jobs in the city the hostile response to the news is only to be expected. Expect the paper's circulation figure, currently just above 100,000, to take a significant hit because of the Oldham factor.
Loyalty is a two-way street, Alastair, as you'll soon discover.

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