Regional publisher Johnston Press has announced plans to scrap another subbing hub and transfer its work to a centre nearly 80 miles away.
The company has told production staff based at the Lancashire Evening Post’s newsroom in Preston about proposals to axe the subbing unit there and move the work to the Sheffield editorial hub.
It is understood that nine people in the content design unit are affected and will be offered a transfer to Sheffield but risk losing their jobs if unwilling to relocate.
The move comes weeks after Johnston Press closed its Horsham subbing hub in Sussex and transferred the work to a production base in Peterborough, resulting in five journalists losing their jobs.
The latest announcement was made by regional managing director Gary Fearon in an internal memo, which has been seen by HTFP.
He said: “Following a detailed review of the Editorial Sub-editing and Design Production it is proposed to transfer this activity from Preston to Sheffield 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 14 September 2012.”
Johnston Press has not responded to requests for further comment.