Regional newspaper group says it will cut jobs temporarily amid coronavirus crisis

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Celtic Media Group, which publishes titles such as the Meath Chronicle and the Anglo Celt – has said it will be temporarily cutting its workforce amid collapsing revenues due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement this evening, it sounded warnings that urgent State support is needed for the news publishing industry with a number of titles around the country facing potential closure.

The group also publishes the Connaught Telegraph, Your Forum, the Westmeath Examiner and Independent Westmeath.

All staff are being paid in full to the end of March, but a decision has been made to temporarily cut some positions among editorial and sales staff. These staff will avail of the emergency Covid-19 payment, the company said, adding that numbers haven’t been confirmed among its 90-strong workforce.

-Noah Harte