2 September 2014

Star and Sunday World to share functions

20:18, By Samantha McCaughren

The Irish Daily Star newspaper and Sunday World will share some functions under new plans to [move](http://www.businesspost.ie/#!story/Home/Media+And+Marketing/Irish+Daily+Star+to+relocate%2C+9+job+cuts+expected/id/19410615-5218-50ee-ee73-2f0b85328700) the Star into Independent News and Media’s Talbot Street premises in Dublin.

While editorial will remain separate for now, commercial operations such as advertising, will be shared under cost cutting plans announced today. Some third party services will also be negotiated jointly, such as TV listing and photograph supplies.

The company told staff at the Star that up to nine jobs would go out of 110 employees, 80 of whom are fulltime. A pay cut of five per cent for people earning up to €50,000 was announced and those earning over this amount will see pay cut by 7.5 per cent.

It is understood that a new agreement between INM and Richard Desmond’s Northern Shell secures the medium term future of the operation. The current agreement had two or three years to run but it will now be extended, with INM taking more control of the newspaper. There had been a threat that Desmond would pull out of the Irish Star after it published topless photographs of Kate Middleton sunbathing.

Staff at the Irish Star were told today that under the agreement, the British version of the Star will not be sold in this market. On occasion a so-called blue top edition was circulated here, which was seen as a threat to the Irish version.

Gerry Lennon has been appointed managing director of Independent Star in addition to his existing role as managing director of the Sunday World.

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In the past there was a separate chief executive for the Irish Star.

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