News Bytes: BBC News Cuts; Telegraph Paid Search Deal; Express Digital Editions

BBC News cuts: More retrenchment at the BBC, which is cutting almost 90 News staff jobs by April next year in a bid to save £155 million. The BBC’s multimedia newsroom will see 18 and a half jobs go; the UK newsroom will suffer 49 redundancies; the programmes department will lose 15 jobs while the political programmes department will lose six. It’s the latest round of cuts following the Beeb’s restructuring of news staff into a single newsroom. The BBC says this is part of a five-year efficiency plan announced in 2007 and is keen to point out that at the same time it will spend £70 million on BBC News for online and on-demand news. Guardian.co.uk.

Telegraph-Jellyfish: Telegraph Media Group has signed up paid search specialist Jellyfish to handle its pay-per-click search account, in a reported six-figure deal. The search firm will create and drive traffic to a campaign microsite featuring Telegraph news and features — the plan is to promote Telegraph.co.uk and increase print subscriptions to The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. From Mediaweek.

Express Newspapers: Northern and Shell is jumping aboard the digital edition bandwagon: its Express Newspapers division has signed a deal with PageSuite to provide digital editions for the Daily Express, Sunday Express, the Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday. The same company provides digital editions for Guardian News and Media, News International, Trinity Mirror (LSE: TNI), Archant, Johnston Press and Illife. PageSuite’s site has a sample of the digital, page-turning version of the Express.

Express and Star goes free: The UK’s biggest regional newspaper, the Wolverhampton Express and Star is to begin experimenting a part-free model, following the closure of a local free sister title. The daily Staffordshire edition of the paper will be delivered free to homes and workplaces from next month, but only Wednesdays only and it will remain paid-for during the rest of the week. At the same time, owner Midland News Association will close the free, weekly Stafford and Stone Chronicle. According to ABC figures the Express and Star had an average daily circulation of 130,216 copies a day in the second half of last year. The Manchester Evening News pioneered the regional free model in 2006 by giving away papers to city centre readers while keeping the title paid-for in Manchester’s outlying boroughs. From HTFP.

Newsquest cuts: The on-going rolling redundancy programme at Newsquest isn’t over, it was just taking a rest: the company is reported to be making 10 cuts at its Lancashire titles, including the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, and will relocate sub-editors from the Bolton News and Bury Times to the flagship Blackburn office. Via How-Do.

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