Nearly 60 jobs are at risk at a regional publisher after plans were announced to outsource the distribution of two of its newspapers.
DC Thomson is proposing to outsource the distribution of its titles in Aberdeen, The Press and Journal and the Evening Express, putting up to 59 people at risk of redundancy.
It is now consulting with staff in the company’s transport, circulation and finance departments based in Aberdeen and Inverness.
The company says it is one of the last publishers in the country still distributing its own titles but the cost of this had led to plans to outsource this to a third party.
Ellis Watson, chief executive officer for publishing, said, “We have been working hard to assess how our business can meet the challenges of the dramatic changes in the publishing industry and the turbulent economy.
“We are one of the last publishers in the country still distributing our own titles. The cost of producing and distributing to market is ever-increasing, which is why we’ve had to make this decision to outsource, rather than to see our business decline.
“We are working with our affected staff members to ensure the best possible outcome for each individual during this difficult period.
“By facing the challenges head-on and investing for a new era, we will maintain a strong position on the newsstands and continue our important role as an employer for the future.”