Tuesday 22 November 2011

Johnston Press to relocate three Isle of Man titles

150 miles to Sheffield
I''m not from The Isle of Man but if I were, I'd want the ink drying on My News on My Island and not transferred to the shore. How can Home Grown News be printed 150 miles away?

The printing of Isle of Man Newspapers' three weekly titles is to be transferred to the United Kingdom, with the loss of up to seven staff. The news was announced this afternoon (Monday) by managing director Helen Byrne.

In a media statement she says the board has decided to transfer printing of the Isle of Man Examiner, the Manx Independent and the Courier to the Johnston Press print site in Dinnington, Sheffield. Source: Manx Radio

The BBC weigh in with this about the breaking Isle of Man Printing Press Closure. Editor Richard Butt said, Content would continue to be produced by staff on the island under the new plans and it would then be emailed to Dinnington (in Sheffield). Hold the Phone What? Can email travel across water then?

This comes at a time when Johnston Press been involved on many other issues including strikes in Yorkshire and closure of offices.

Dinnington to Douglas will take five hours (road and ferry) and the population of the Isle of Man is 80,085.

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