An announcement today by Bristol News and Media said the title the Evening Post is to become The Post from 19 April to reflect its transition to morning publication in June 2009.
Next month the title will become a five day operation, ceasing publication on Saturdays. At the same time an extended Friday edition with a comprehensive weekend guide for Bristol will be launched.
Sister title the Western Daily Press will continue to be published six days a week and will still be available on Saturdays.
Bristol News and Media publisher Alan Renwick said: “We have undertaken an exhaustive review of our portfolio and the changing needs of readers and advertisers in our market.
“These planned changes give us a more focused and flexible set of publications which are much more closely aligned to our customers and give us a better platform for future growth.”
Other changes taking place as part of a portfolio review by the company will see entertainments magazine Venue become a digital-only product, with its listings and review content also powering the Friday Post as well as the Bristol Observer and the local edition of Metro.
This will mean the magazine’s publishing director Dave Higgitt will leave the company next month.
Folio magazine, currently jointly produced with Venue, will remain as a stand-alone monthly with the May edition of Venue being the last.
Paul Breeden, chair of the Bristol branch of the National Union of Journalists, said the news had come as a “great shock”.
“It’s bad news for all the journalists there who will be worried about their jobs. It’s not the end but it indicates it’s a time of big change. A lot of people do love the Post and a lot less people are buying it,” he said.