– Johnston Press: How many many regional newspaper jobs are there left to eradicate? There will soon be considerably less at Johnston Press’s Midlands titles where 49 jobs are under threat from a plan to restructure and centralise the papers’ subbing and production operations. Johnston is proposing to create three centralised subbing desks in Northampton, Peterborough and Milton Keynes meaning that sub-editors would be permanently moved out of local newspaper offices and the overall headcount brought down. The local offices are expected to retain their own reporters however. From HTFP.
Update: MediaWeek reports that up to 18 commercial redundancies are expected in Johnston’s Midlands operations, taking the overall total to 67.
– Dennis Publishing: No, not more editorial redundancies but a rare magazine launch. Dennis Publishing is to launch InsidePoker Business, which claims to be the first B2B poker magazine and will be the sister title of Dennis’s existing InsidePoker and PokerPlayer. The first issue comes out at the ICE games exhibition in London on January 27 and Dennis is hoping to tap into the growing popularity and commercial success of off- and online poker in the UK. The quarterly mag will be subscription-only and its first issue interviews Jim Ryan, CEO of Party Gaming. From MediaWeek.
– Newspaper regulation: One idea floated to halt the decline of regional newspapers, not least by Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, is that the state subsidises the industry’s news output. But Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, says: “A simple state subsidy is probably not something that will be a goer, for various reasons, not least because of the complexity of regulatory control we would have to follow.” Ashok Kumar, MP for Middlesborough South, will ask for Parliament to consider a subsidy next week — but Satchwell instead is calling for a relaxation of M&A rules. Lord Carter’s Digital Britain review out next week is expected to address the plight of the regional press. Via PG.