Papers request legal change

Times and Sunday Times seeking to share their resources

The TimesThe Times and The Sunday Times newspapers are seeking ways to share resources as cost pressures mount on traditional media providers.

Management at the Rupert Murdoch owned titles are seeking release from legal undertakings made in 1981 when the tycoon acquired them along with The Sun and the now defunct News of the World.

In a statement News UK said changing the undertakings “would enable the papers to contend with the continual disruption that has faced the media industry in the digital age”.

Editor of The Times John Witherow, a former editor of The Sunday Times, said in an email to staff: “Our editorial independence and our existence as separate newspapers will not change, but the persistent cost pressures facing our industry mean that both I and Martin Ivens, the editor of The Sunday Times want to request more flexibility so that we can share some resources across the two papers”.

Mr Ivens said combining resources was necessary “to protect our distinctive voice” and that The Times and The Sunday Times “need the freedom to work more closely to avoid duplication”.

Towards the end of last year The Times vacated its office in Edinburgh and relocated staff to its News UK base in Glasgow.

In another media move, hedge fund MNG Enterprises has put in a $1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) bid to acquire US based Gannett, owner of Newsquest which publishes The Herald and Times in Glasgow.


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