Regional publisher Northcliffe Media is set to scrap the regional subbing hub set up in Hull two years ago and return production operations to local centres.
A small number of net job losses are likely to occur under the plan which will see subbing return to Northcliffe’s centres in Grimsby and Lincoln as well as Hull.
Northcliffe is calling the proposal a positive step in its wish to give ownership and control of its print products back to local teams.”
It mirrors similar moves carried out in the South West and East Midlands with the dismantling of the production hubs in Bristol and Nottingham.
Currently 17 full-time sub-editors and managers and one part-time sub editor are employed in the Hull production hub along with two graphic artists.
The new proposals will see a total of 15 sub-editor roles – two of them part-time – available at Hull, Grimsby and Lincoln. A formal 30-day consultation period has begun with those affected.
Some sub-editors have already moved from the hub to the Lincolnshire Echo and Scunthorpe Telegraph after those titles converted to weekly format.
“Returning editorial production to the centres would help provide further opportunity to improve and expand their product portfolios whilst boosting morale and team work at a local level.
“The dedicated team has produced some great, award-winning pages but we have to be flexible enough to adapt our business to what is best practice for the future.
“We are determined to give local management every chance to grow their business by encouraging entrepreneurial thinking that is not risk averse. To have the creative process back in-house could only help that process.”
The two “production centres of excellence” in Hull and Nottingham were originally announced in February 2009 with the loss of around 50 jobs.
The Nottingham hub was effectively dismantled shortly before Christmas last year.