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Media Wales and Daily Post: Reaction to newspaper job cuts

3 February 2013 Last updated at 11:14 GMT

Journalist Mario Basini and Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black discuss the implications of the job cuts for Welsh media and democracy.

It follows news that 16 jobs are to go at a Cardiff-based newspaper group as its publisher plans more content sharing across its local and national titles.

Media Wales publishes the Western Mail, South Wales Echo and Wales on Sunday as well as the Celtic local newspapers.

Its publisher Trinity Mirror announced earlier this week that it will axe a total of 92 jobs, but create 52 across Wales and England.

Four jobs will also go from Trinity Mirror's Daily Post in Llandudno Junction, which covers north Wales.

Former Western Mail writer Mr Basini told BBC Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement he believes staff there will be feeling "despair".

Trinity Mirror has said the decision was not easy but the company had to "re-engineer the way we work" if its journalism was to thrive in the future.

It called the move "a bold, imaginative step that will enable us to become a fully-fledged, digitally-focused news operation".

Newspaper group jobs under threat