Regional publisher Johnston Press plans to axe three editors in a restructure at titles in the Midlands.
The company wants to merge the editorial management of six titles in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire, so reducing the number of editors by three.
An internal company announcement, seen by HTFP, says the move is being proposed following changes to Northamptonshire Newspapers, which have seen the the Chronicle and Echo and the Kettering-based Telegraph move from daily to weekly publication.
The memo said: “Following changes to the portfolio across Northamptonshire Newspapers, the company has carried out a strategic review of editorial management and production processes. As a result of this review, it is proposed to combine the editorial management responsibility of three newspaper centres.
“It is proposed that the Group editor in Northampton will also take on the responsibility for the Daventry Express; the editor’s role at Kettering will also take responsibility for the Market Harborough Mail and the role of editor of the Leamington Spa Courier would take responsibility for the newspapers in Rugby.
“Should this proposal go ahead there would be a reduction of three roles in editorial.
“Prior to any implementation, we will consult extensively on an individual and collective basis, explaining the procedure, considering all alternatives and endeavouring to mitigate the effects of this proposal through voluntary redundancy and redeployment elsewhere in the Group.
“The consultation period is expected to be completed by 7 September 2012.”
The editors affected by the announcement are David Summers at the Chronicle and Echo, Neil Pickford at the Northants Telegraph, Matt Cornish at the Daventry Express, Brian Dodds at the Harborough Mail, Chris Lillington at the Leamington Courier and Simon Steele at the Rugby Advertiser.
Johnston Press has not responded to requests for a comment.