Northern Ireland

Job fears as Belfast Telegraph ends evening edition

Belfast Telegraph building
Image caption The Belfast Telegraph has moving away from having several print editions throughout the day

Concerns have been raised about potential job losses at the Belfast Telegraph after it announced it is to stop printing its evening edition.

The company has said the change is coming into line with other local daily newspapers by relying solely on its morning editions.

The Belfast Telegraph was traditionally an evening newspaper and began its morning edition in March 2005.

The switch to the sole morning edition is to begin on Friday.

In its heyday the paper had several editions throughout the day - readers could buy a country edition, Derry edition, an early a fourth or a late final.

A spokesman for publishers Independent News and Media said the paper would be "printed, distributed and made available to readers at the same time as all other daily newspapers".

Deputy chief executive Richard McClean said: "With the final edition available earlier, we are committed to maintaining the growth of our strong multi-platform readership and to continuing our unrivalled service to our readers."

Journalist and commentator Chris Ryder said he believed the move was designed to save money.

"They are obviously now retrenching to try to secure their position in the market," he said.

"It may well, of course, lead to job losses, particularly among journalists, which would be very regrettable."

According to the most recent ABC newspaper sales figures, the Belfast Telegraph remained Northern Ireland's biggest selling daily paper with a circulation of 53,771 between July and December 2011, down 8.1% on the same period in 2010.

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