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Editors posts to go in North-West shake-up

At least two editor’s posts are set to disappear as part of the ongoing shake-up in Trinity Mirror’s North West operations, HoldtheFrontPage understands.

Last week, HoldtheFrontPage reported that around 30 jobs are under threat at a series of Trinity titles across the North Wales and North West regions.

Although the company has declined to make any further comment on the plans, further details are emerging of how the proposed cutbacks may affect individual titles.

It is understood that the editors of Ormskirk’s Midweek Advertiser, the Formby Times, and the Crosby Herald, together with the news editor of the Southport Visitor, are in competition for two posts, while a single editor will also take charge of the Wirral News Group and Ellesmere Port Pioneer.

As reported last week, the Midweek Advertiser is to close along with the Huyton and Roby Star, with the Formby Times relaunching as a free title.

A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “The affected staff are currently in a process of consultation and as a result it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage.”

In a separate development, ten pre-press jobs at Trinity Mirror’s Teesside centre are set to go, with all advertising production functions moved to the company’s Newcastle operation.

It is understood that three of the staff affected may be transferred to Newcastle. TM is making no official comment on the plans at this stage.

The company’s cost-cutting drive has also affected Trinity’s national division with Richard Webb, managing director of UK nationals leaving with immediate effect yesterday.

He has been replaced by Mark Hollinshead, who will combine the role with his current duties as managing director of the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

The move brings Trinity’s three UK national titles and two Scottish national titles together under a single managing director for the first time.

Chief executive Sly Bailey said: “Richard has done a tremendous job to further the success of the UK nationals during his time with the group, and he leaves with my thanks and best wishes for the future.”