Now it has emerged that further rationalisation of the titles is under way with four newsdesks set to be centralised into one, to be based at the offices of the Watford Observer.
A memo to staff from Newsquest North London managing director Vic Catanach, which has been seen by HTFP, reveals that nine posts are to be placed at risk of redundancy from 22 May, although three new posts will be created.
Posts affected are those of deputy group editor, associate editor, editorial manager, group sports editor, deputy sports editor, group features editor, deputy features editor and web co-ordinator.
Under the proposals the two existing deputy group editors, associate editor and editorial manager would be considered for a new role of production editor.
The group sports editor and deputy sports editor would be considered for a sports content editor position, while the group features editor and deputy features editor could apply for the features content editor position.
The web co-ordinator role is set to cease, while there is a proposed revision to the job titles and duties of the web content editors.
In the memo, Vic wrote: “As you are aware we continue to face difficult trading conditions with sustained pressure on the profitability of the business.
“The company continues to look at all areas of the business and where appropriate re-organise or consolidate in order to deliver efficiencies and reduce costs.
“In light of the recent editorial senior management restructure which has led to the appointment of one group editor for the North London region, a full review of editorial department resources across all North London titles has been carried out.
“There is a need to reduce costs and deliver further efficiencies in the editorial department and as a result the company is proposing to consolidate all four news desks into one, to be based at Watford, and therefore reduce the editorial headcount by six within the proposed structure for editorial Newsquest North London with effect from 22 May 2015.”
In addition to the three newly-created roles, those at risk of redundancy are also being invited to apply for two currently vacant content editor positions and a chief reporter role.
North London Times and Independent series editor Martin Buhagiar and Watford Observer editor Peter Wilson-Leary took redundancy in the earlier shake-up which saw Tim take charge of their previous titles.