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The Times is to cut 100 editorial posts out of a total workforce of 700, editor James Harding has told staff.

The Times is to cut 100 editorial posts out of a total workforce of 700, editor James Harding has told staff.

Further editorial cuts will also be made at the Sunday Times, with staff due to be briefed about the scale of cutbacks at the Times’s News International sister title imminently.

At the Times the plan is to axe one in seven editorial positions, with the bulk of the job reductions coming from reductions in the number of casual staff used at the newspaper.

Journalists will also be asked to consider taking voluntary redundancy. Compulsory redundancies have not been ruled out.

News International sources blamed the tough economic climate and the rising cost of newsprint for the cuts, which follow restructuring of the company’s commercial departments.

However, it is understood there are no plans to increase the Times’s cover price, or to drop any sections or reduce the number of pages printed. The Times costs £1 from Monday to Friday and £1.50 on Saturdays.

The Sun is not affected by the cutbacks, but News International’s tabloid business has already seen the News of the World close this year in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

This article originally appeared in MediaGuardian.

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