Covid-19, inflation, neighboring rights… why 20 Minutes is stopping the paper

Covid-19, inflation, neighboring rights… why 20 Minutes is stopping the paper
Covid-19, inflation, neighboring rights… why 20 Minutes is stopping the paper

It will soon no longer be possible to find free newspapers in the metro. After MetroNews in 2015 and Cnews in 2021, 20 minutes, directed by Ronan Dubois, will stop printing its paper edition from September. “This marks the end of an era,” regrets Gilles Durand, a journalist with the editorial team for thirteen years and an SNJ-CGT union representative. Paper was our showcase. » This shutdown is part of a project to reorganize the editorial staff which aims to focus on digital. It leads to the elimination of 56 positions, while the company has 175 employees.

This transition also marks a change for advertisers, since the digital advertising agency of 20 minutes will be transferred to 366, the regional daily press management office. The news was announced to elected officials during a CSE, then to employees. “A feeling of waste regularly comes up in discussions,” continues Gilles Durand, and a job protection plan must be presented in the coming weeks.

Distributed in 440,000 copies, according to the ACPM, the newspaper only appeared three days a week in eight cities. Weakened by the pandemic and the rise in paper prices, 20 minutes had removed its local editions in 2022. Owned since 2016 by the Rossel group and Sipa-Ouest-France, the title wishes to bring together its forces for video and the web. In 2023, he launched two verticals: Tempo and Vie Pro, and his Instagram account has 470,000 subscribers. For its part, the editorial management indicates that it does not “make comments on ongoing discussions”. Ronan Dubois, general manager since March 2023, has never hidden his intention to accelerate digitally, with 3 million unique visitors every day. Digital represents two thirds of turnover.

A few days apart, the editorial team suffered two crises. The second concerns the payment of neighboring rights. A European directive dating from 2019, which allows media to be paid by Google, particularly when their content or extracts are reused in results pages. On May 28, CGT, CFDT, joined by the SNJ denounced in a press release “the attitude and behavior of management”. After the failure of initial internal negotiations, the joint copyright and neighboring rights commission (CDADV) set in March, according to the unions, the share going to journalists of 20 minutes at 18% of the amount received by the newspaper. But management then proposed a rate of 3%. In this regard, 40 journalists are preparing to sue the newspaper’s management. “We are currently in the process of listing current and former journalists who wish to take this approach,” specifies Gilles Durand.

To the AFP, management denies and assures that it has offered “its union representatives to negotiate the conditions of application, on three occasions” since March. But “two out of three union organizations have systematically played the empty chair game”. What the unions contradict.

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