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Sly Bailey questions Northcliffe’s committment to Wales

Sly Bailey, boss of Trinity Mirror, has taken a swipe at regional rivals Northcliffe Newspapers in a speech to Cardiff Business Club. She told the meeting in the Welsh capital, where her group publishes the Western Mail and the city’s evening, that they had a continuing commitment to Wales. Hold the Front Page reports.

And she added this was unlike some other newspaper groups who have “transferred their operations to England and with that removing Welsh jobs for Welsh people”.

That can only be a reference to Northcliffe which has moved printing of the Swansea evening, the South Wales Evening Post, to a printing plant in Gloucestershire.

She said they Trinity Mirror invested £18m in their new Cardiff printing works which was also bringng contract work from England.

During the speech she also said the current downturn in newspapers was primarily cyclical in nature. Bailey had no doubt that some old media companies would be swept away but Trinity Mirror did not intend to be one of them.

Unfortunate then, that she has lost her director of strategy and digital to Google, according to a report at Media Guardian. Matt Brittin will be Google’s sales division MD for the UK, Ireland and Benelux overseeing their relationship with advertisers.

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  1. p white says

    thats funny ms bailey should say that because the trinity accounts dept in cardiff will lose their jobs this year due to trinity mirror selling off all their regionals in the south