An editor and two deputy editors risk losing their jobs in a fresh shake-up at Johnston Press’s South Yorkshire titles.
In the latest of a series of organisational changes, the company has announced it is dispensing with the role of editor of the Sheffield Telegraph, the weekly stablemate to flagship daily The Star.
In addition the deputy editor roles at both The Star and the Selby Times/Goole Courier are also being axed.
It means Sheffield Telegraph editor David Todd, Star deputy editor Paul Licence and Times/Courier deputy editor Richard Parker have all been placed at risk of redundancy.
A previous shake-up at South Yorkshire Newspapers which saw 18 jobs disappear last year led to eight weeks of strike action by the National Union of Journalists.
On that occasion, the posts of editor of the South Yorkshire Times and editor of the Goole Courier disappeared, with both titles brought under the editor of the Selby Times.
The latest announcement was made by John Bills, managing director of the North Midlands and South Yorkshire publishing unit, in a memo to staff dated 25 May.
It read: “The NMSY publishing unit has today announced proposed changes to its Editorial Management structure within Sheffield Newspapers and South Yorkshire Newspapers.
“As a result it is proposed that the role of Editor – Sheffield Telegraph, Deputy Editor of Sheffield Star and Deputy Editor of the Selby Times/Goole Courier will no longer be required.
“These changes will mean a reduction of three full-time equivalent roles.
“Prior to any implementation, management will consult extensively on an individual and collective basis. We anticipate that this consultation process will be complete by 8 June 2012.
“In the event these plans go ahead, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact through re-deployment to alternative positions across Johnston Press and voluntary redundancy.”