By Andy Skinner
Details have emerged of editorial changes at Trinity Mirror’s Midlands operation since the company announced it was seeking 20 redundancies.
A company spokesman said 19 of the 20 redundancies had been achieved through selective voluntary redundancy or redeployment.
Bill McCarthy, previously editor of the Birmingham News, has been redeployed as head of production in Coventry, and Andrew Mallabone, previously head of design for the Sunday Mercury, has been appointed to a new head of subbing role.
Other new posts include Damian O’Loughlin, head of content, Birmingham News; Keith Perry, deputy head of subbing, Sunday Mercury; Graham Hill, deputy head of sport, Sunday Mercury; and Teresa Phillips, sub-editor, Sunday Mercury.
Posts of senior writer and part-time sports writer at the Sunday Mercury have yet to be filled.
Picture desk executive Kevin Murphy has left and Adam Fradley takes on the new role of picture manager on a joint picture desk covering the Post, Evening Mail, Sports Argus and Sunday Mercury.
Promotions include Steve Murphy, promoted to Evening Mail picture editor; Gary Denning to chief sub-editor, Evening Mail; Steve Pain to deputy business editor, Gary Young to assistant chief sub-editor, Evening Mail; and Emma Brittain to senior page planner, Evening Mail.
A Birmingham Post reporter will be promoted to health correspondent, with interviews under way.
On the Sunday Mercury, there will be extra responsibilities and salary increases for three existing staff and one of the current trainee reporters will be appointed to a permanent post later in the year.
Charlotte Ward is promoted from reporter to showbiz editor, Martyn Leek has increased responsibilities as investigations reporter and Caroline Wheeler has increased responsibilities as a reporter.