Newspapers serving Sussex and the South Coast could be subbed in Peterborough under new plans drawn up by Johnston Press.
Up to seven jobs are thought to be at risk as a result of proposals to dismantle a subbing hub set up less than two years ago.
The production unit in Horsham, Sussex, was set up in January 2011 to serve all the company’s titles in Sussex and Hampshire.
Now the work is to be transferred to another production hub in Peterborough, with staff unwilling to relocate facing the loss of their jobs.
The move was announced in a statement by Karl Dimmock, managing director of JP’s South business unit.
It comes just seven weeks before the next phase of the relaunch and redesign of all JP’s paid-for titles is due to come on stream in early September.
The statement said: “Following a detailed review of the editorial sub-editing and design production it is proposed to transfer this activity from the South Publishing Unit to Peterborough Editorial Hub.
“The proposed move will help maintain the fidelity of the designs created through the recent investment programme and will aid improvements to the newspaper titles through consistent quality controls.
“Prior to any implementation, we will consult extensively on an individual and collective basis under Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 2006.
“During the consultation process we will explain the procedure, consider all alternatives, examine ways of mitigating the effects of this proposal, and address any other issues that may arise. We anticipate that this consultation process will be complete by 10 August 2012.”
Although the statement did not specify any job losses, it is understood that six sub-editing roles and one design editor’s role are at risk.
Some of those affected are already traveling long distance from their homes to Horsham following the creation of the hub there in 2011.
Titles affected by the move include Portsmouth daily The News and weekly titles the Chichester Observer, Hastings Observer, Worthing Herald, Eastbourne Herald and Crawley Observer.
All Johnston Press titles are undergoing a process of being redesigned to five templates drawn up by a group of Spanish design consultants.