Jobs are set to go at a Johnston Press newspaper centre in Sunderland as a result of the company’s latest bid to centralise its production operations.
Sub-editing and design roles currently based at the Sunderland Echo offices in Pennywell are to be transferred to Sheffield, 125 miles away.
The move, announced to staff last Friday, is the latest in a series of changes by the company to centralise production in a small number of centres.
Already the company has scrapped its production hub in Horsham and moved its work to Peterborough while subbing roles at Preston are also being transferred to Sheffield.
As well as the Sunderland Echo, production staff at the Pennywell offices are also responsible for the Shields Gazette, Hartlepool Mail and the Tweedale Press group of weeklies.
It is understood that 13 jobs are at risk as a result of the proposal which was announced to staff by North East managing director Stuart Birkett.
He said: “Following a detailed review of the editorial sub-editing and design production it is proposed to transfer this activity from North-East Publishing Unit to Sheffield Editorial Hub.
“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 28 September 2012.”
The move from Horsham to Peterborough, which was completed last month, resulted in five editorial redundancies.
Nine members of the content design unit at the Lancashire Evening Post offices in Preston are affected by the proposal to move its work to Sheffield.