Two weekly newspapers owned by Johnston Press are set to be sold to an independent publisher.
It is understood that four journalists working for the two titles, along with advertising staff, will not be transferred to the new company but will be found alternative roles within JP.
According to an internal JP announcement by South Yorkshire Newspapers managing director John Bills, which has been seen by HTFP, the sale of the weeklies is due to be completed by the end of this month.
He said: “Johnston Publishing Ltd announces its intention to sell the Selby Times, Goole Courier and associated websites to Chronicle Publications Limited.
“The date of completion for the sale is to be agreed but is expected to be by the 31 July 2013.
“Discussions with staff will commence today on an individual and collective basis. During these meetings, we will explain the process, consider the implications for individuals and address any other issues that may arise.”
The latest ABC figures, which were released in February, show that the Selby Times sold an average of 5,765 copies, down 17.4pc year-on-year.
The free Goole Courier had a circulation of 13,181, which remained unchanged from the previous year.
They were among a number of weekly titles which come under South Yorkshire Newspapers that were affected by an eight-week strike in 2011 over plans to axe 18 posts, including the role of editor at the Goole Courier, which was brought under the Selby Times.
Last year, the deputy editor of the Courier and Times was also axed in another shake-up by JP.
Neither publisher had responded to requests for a comment at the time of publication.