Staff await details of London News Network takeover

ITN was this week preparing to announce its proposed takeover of regional broadcaster London News Network, with journalists bracing themselves for possible job losses.

ITN and LNN – owned by Granada and Carlton – were due to meet journalists at 11am on Thursday to disclose details of the future of the 105-strong newsroom.

The NUJ has voiced fears that integration of regional and network news operations could compromise the quality of regional news, particularly in London.

A meeting between ITV and the NUJ is set for 18 November. All independent broadcast NUJ chapels are planning meetings with their employers to get the official line on jobs and the future of their newsrooms in the wake of the Granada-Carlton merger.

ITN would neither confirm nor deny the meeting was set to take place.

A decision over the LNN takeover was previously set for August, but doubts over the merger forced a postponement.

Meanwhile, Scottish Media Group, owner of Scottish TV and Grampian TV, has insisted there will be no job cuts in journalism or production following the Granada-Carlton merger.

Journalists at Granada have rejected a pay offer of 2 per cent of salary in cash consolidated plus 2.5 per cent of base salary in Granada and Compass shares, paid in two instalments.

By Wale Azeez

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