The owners of Britain’s biggest regional daily are to axe one of its stable of weekly titles.
The free paper, which incorporated the former Ross on Wye and Leominster Journals, has a distribution of 39,377 according to the most recent ABC figures.
There will be no editorial redundancies but a number of receptionist roles are at risk as a result of plans to close front offices at other MNA-owned titles.
The closures are part of a major restructuring announced by the MNA in April that could see the loss of up to 76 jobs and the Express & Star and Shropshire Star titles printed overnight,
No mention was made of the plans to close the paper in the company’s original press announcement about the restructure.
An MNA spokesman said today: “The MNA has completed the 45 day consultation process with staff over restructuring the business.
“After 24 years of publishing the Hereford Journal, we have reluctantly taken the decision to close the title.
“The final edition, with the cover date June 11, will be published next week. No editorial redundancies have been made.
“We would like to thank all the Journal readers and advertisers for their support and wish them the very best for the future.”
The spokesman also confirmed that the reception desks at its offices in Newport, Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry will close, although the offices themselves will continue to operate.
The overall restructure will mean job losses across all departments including around 12 editorial jobs, 12 in advertising, 21 in circulation and 12 in transport.
The spokesman added: “At present, the company is in the process of notifying those staff whose applications for voluntary redundancy have been agreed. It is also consulting staff who may be considered for compulsory redundancy.
“The focus is on looking after the MNA staff so no further details will be released at this time.
“In all departments, the company hopes that voluntary redundancies can be achieved.”