Media Guardian commentator Roy Greenslade asks of Johnston Press today: "When does a wake-up call turn into a scream?"
Greenslade refers to a comment piece by journalism.co.uk's Judith Townend: Tensions mount in Johnston Press newsrooms in which she gives a round-up of recent stories about the company and its journalists.
- The company’s executives getting bonus packages while its staff are subject to a pay freeze.
- JP staff stuck abroad due to the ash cloud were asked to take it out of their holiday allowance, or as unpaid leave.
- Strike action at Scarborough Evening News and related weeklies last week.
- The company wide ballot among NUJ members in favour of strike action over the introduction of the Atex editorial management system.
Greenslade concludes: "I have remarked several times in recent months that Johnston Press is going downhill fast in various places (most obviously in Edinburgh). When does a wake-up call turn into a scream?"