175 staff are axed in Emap's digital drive

Emap’s restructuring has resulted in around 175 job losses across its consumer media division, writes Colin Crummy.

An Emap spokeswoman declined to confirm the numbers axed. Editorial cuts have been made across its top titles, with magazines such as Grazia, More and First losing staff, as part of the bid to make Emap a leaner, digitally driven operation.

The cull concentrated on positions across editorial including art, pictures, features and fashion desks. At Grazia, its Lifestyle section has lost both a writer and director.

But the cuts affected all parts of the business – in particular, the top end of its advertising teams. A single brand director, who takes on the previous role of publisher, ad director and ad manager, now leads Emap advertising divisions.

The move is part of Emap’s attempt to save £20 million and redirect its business model towards a digital future.

This week it announced the first of its three new digital director appointments, as Jonathan Turpin was made digital director of development for radio.

Two further appointments in consumer lifestyle and specialist are expected to be made in the near future.

Last week in a trading update, the company forecast ‘weak’trading conditions for its UK consumer magazines advertising and ‘mixed’conditions for its UK consumer magazines circulation.

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