Trinity Mirror is set to axe 26 jobs in Newcastle as one of its flagship evening titles moves to early-morning printing.
The Newcastle Evening Chronicle, currently printed mid-morning, is to move to a single-edition structure with the aim of getting the paper into shops 2-3 hours earlier.
It will mean a restructure in the editorial department that places 11 jobs at risk of redundancy, with a further 15 print jobs also under threat.
The changes were announced to staff at lunchtime today on what has proved to be one of the blackest days in the recent history of the regional press.
And Johnston Press is axeing 18 jobs at its South Yorkshire division, including two weekly editor’s roles.
Other major announcements in the last 24 hours have seen Archant announce the closure of its Harlow-based Scene series with the loss of seven jobs.
And it also emerged today that seven senior executives with Mold-based NWN Media have been made redundant, including three weekly deputy editors.
In a statement, Trinity Mirror said the change in print time would enable the Evening Chronicle to reach outlets much earlier in the day.
“The changes will provide the opportunity to improve circulation trends by ensuring the Chronicle is in the shops for the critical lunchtime period,” it said.
Managing Director David Simms said: “This restructure aims to help our newspapers and websites come through the recession and ensure a future for our media brands in the North East.
“We are committed to achieving as many of these potential redundancies as possible by voluntary means.”
The proposals entail moving the printing of the Chronicle to Teesside, placing the 15 printing roles in Newcastle at risk of redundancy.
Consultation with all affected staff has begun today.
Today’s job losses follow a further six editorial redundancies that were announced last week at the Teesside Gazette.
A company spokesman said: “There is a proposed reduction in editorial staff numbers of six and we hope to achieve as many of these as possible by voluntary means.”