Up to 20 jobs could be lost at Archant Norfolk titles after the company announced plans to restructure its editorial department.
Bosses say the proposals, which are subject to a 30-day consultation period, will lead to the creation of a new digital department, greater focus on weekly titles and an increase in the number of reporters operating ‘on-patch,’ closer to the communities they report on.
Instead savings will be found from what editorial director James Foster called “efficiencies in the way we process and produce our papers.”
Said James: “The publishing world in which we now operate is changing, which means that we need to create a flexible and digitally aware department, responsive to our audience. We anticipate the creation of a number of new roles within the team to help us achieve this.
“We have striven to propose changes which allow us to invest more in our digital operation and at the same time address our costs by making efficiencies in the way we produce and process our newspapers.”
Peter Waters, editor of the Eastern Daily Press, added: “It is important that we develop even further our connections with the communities that we serve and these proposals are designed to help us achieve that.”
Tim Williams, editor of the Evening News and County Weeklies, said: “Increasing our ability to serve our audience through all channels, print and digital, will help us grow in the future.”