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Publisher DC Thomson to shed nearly 100 jobs

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Image caption DC Thomson is to enter into consultation with Dundee staff members over the cuts

Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson has announced it is to shed nearly 100 staff.

The owner of the Sunday Post and the Press and Journal, as well as a large magazines division, told staff that 154 jobs were at risk.

However, it said some posts would also be created as it moves to new technology and upgraded premises.

DC Thomson also said it was considering putting its distribution out to a contractor.

In a letter to staff, chairman Andrew Thomson said the move followed the company's decision to embark on an investment and modernisation programme "to meet the challenges of the dramatic changes in the publishing industry and the turbulent economy".

DC Thomson is investing more than £25m in a new plant in Kingsway, Dundee, and reshaping its Meadowside operation.

He continued: "We have announced our intention to enter into consultation with Dundee staff members in production, transport and distribution, facilities, circulation, the programme management office, photosetting, digital print and the front counter of the Meadowside retail shop.

"The new production investment requires very different staffing levels - we're actively considering having third parties distribute our titles, and the move to just one Dundee office base, combined with upgraded technology, will change the needs of the business."

Mr Thomson wrote that although 154 jobs were at risk, fewer than 95 people would leave the business as there would be "a significant number of new roles available".

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