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Tamedia to Cut Up to 28 Jobs in the French-Speaking Region

Tamedia, a Zurich-based media company, is planning to restructure its operations in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, resulting in the loss of up to 28 of its 250 jobs in the region. The company cites weak sales in the region as the reason for the restructuring. Tamedia CEO Christine Gabella and Tamedia Managing Director Andreas Schaffner explained that the measures are necessary due to the continuous decline in sales in the region. All titles and functions are affected by the restructuring. The business model has been under pressure due to digital developments, according to Gabella. In the French-speaking part of Switzerland, the media industry is traditionally more dependent on advertising than in the German-speaking part of the country, said Schaffner. In addition, the advertising market in the Romandie has deteriorated faster. Therefore, the decline in sales in the West has a greater impact. The restructuring includes the abolition of the joint Tamedia editorial team, simplification of processes, strengthening of brands and increasing proximity to the reader. The staff was informed about the restructuring on Wednesday morning and a consultation process has been initiated. The worst-case scenario is 28 jobs being cut, but the final number is yet to be determined. Tamedia is also planning a smaller job cut in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, but the extent is not yet known. The editorial teams of "24 heures", "Tribune de Genève", "Le Matin dimanche", Tamedia (Switzerland, World, Economy sections), the Photography, Publishing and Layout teams, the Digital team, the Impressum professional association and the Media Union have strongly condemned the planned job cuts. They argue that 3.5 million francs are being saved solely at the expense of the staff. Since the takeover of Edipresse by Tamedia in 2011, one job cut has followed another. Syndicom has called on the TX Group management to come to their senses and stop the destruction of the West Swiss newspapers. The largest Swiss publisher has officially refused to give its editorial teams the opportunity to properly carry out their work, which is important for democracy. It has also refused to take its social responsibility by making jobs disappear in an already weakened sector.

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