Arts shake-up at New Statesman

<p>Ian Irvine, the <em>New Statesman</em>&#39;s literary editor, is facing redundancy as the magazine looks to reorganise its arts section.</p><p>Art editor Alice O&#39;Keefe has already resigned from the magazine to join the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights. </p><p>After the redundancy process is completed, the three-day-a-week arts editor and three-day-a-week literary editor posts will be merged. The magazine plans to appoint a full-time culture editor, which Irvine is free to apply for.</p><p><em>The</em><em> Guardian</em> reports that the magazine&#39;s management is refusing to grant the <em>New Statesman</em>&#39;s National Union of Journalists&#39; chapel recognition. Sue Harris, the NUJ national organiser for magazines, said: &quot;Given the editorial stance of the publication we were astounded by their response. We will now start the statutory procedure to gain recognition which we are confident of winning because we have more than 90% union membership in our proposed bargaining unit.&quot;</p>