Media Moves

Mail on Sunday and Metro journalists laid off

May 10, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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The Mail on Sunday and Metro titles have lost dozens of journalists as part of a cost-cutting exercise implemented by their publisher.

High-profile Mail on Sunday departures include news editor Ben Felsenburg, business editor Neil Craven, consumer affairs and technology editor Dan Jones and medical editor Stephen Adams. Acting features editor Paul Clements tweeted that he was leaving The Mail on Sunday on 22 April, adding that the newspaper’s features team was no more. Separately, Mail on Sunday deputy editor Maggie O’Riordan left the business shortly before the cuts began.

Several members of staff worked their final shifts on the newspaper in late April. City PR firm Monfort announced on Wednesday this week that it had appointed Craven as a senior consultant.

Metro’s cutbacks were completed earlier in the year. Senior journalists to have left the freesheet included editor Ted Young, who announced he was stepping down in January, deputy news editor Joel Taylor, news editor Sarah Getty, production boss Paul Hudson and head of features Sharon Lougher.

DMGT, which was taken private by Lord Rothermere in 2021, has not divulged any total figures internally or externally, and it is therefore unclear exactly how many roles have disappeared. Redundancies were certainly in double figures at both, with dozens of staff and regular freelances having left.

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