The most important sources for regional and local news in the Gooi region, the De Gooi- en Eemlander newspaper and the area’s free local papers, will be working together more closely starting in 2009. The joining of forces means first of all that news will be shared, advertisement sales will, moreover, be brought under joint direction, and changes will be made to the formula of the De Gooi- en Eemlander.
The formula of the De Gooi- en Eemlander will change, but details are not yet known at this point. Frank Volmer, Print director for Telegraaf Media Nederland: “The De Gooi- en Eemlander will continue to serve readers throughout the Gooi region. We will, however, be looking at the current structure of sub-regional editions and at the format, for example. The delivery time of the newspaper will also be looked into. In the coming months we will decide on the best approach for the Gooi region.” The details of the changes will be announced in the autumn.
It has been decided to definitely continue the De Gooi- en Eemlander as a strong regional title. Volmer: “Other scenarios were investigated as well. This is the best choice on the basis of this analysis. So not much will change for our readers in the Gooi region. They will continue to read regional news in the Gooi- en Eemlander and local news in the free weekly papers, like the De Gooi- en Eembode. We expect the cooperation between the editorial teams and the commercial organisations to yield greater success in the advertisement market, a more efficient approach, and consequently better returns in the Gooi region.”
At the moment this decision has been proposed by the boards of HDC Media (publisher of the De Gooi- en Eemlander), Holland Combinatie (publisher of the De Gooi- en Eembode) and Telegraaf Media Nederland. The respective works councils have been informed of the proposed decision. The cooperation will result in a reduction in the number of jobs, though how many jobs will be affected is not yet known.