Sub-editing jobs at Newsquest titles in two counties have been put at risk after the publisher announced plans for a centralised subbing operation.
Journalists working at papers in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire were told yesterday about proposals to create a regional editorial production operation in Oxford, which would result in six job losses.
The plans were revealed to staff in an internal announcement by Shamus Donald, regional managing director at Newsquest Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, who said the company was looking for ways to achieve efficiency savings.
Sub-editors at all titles in the two counties, which includes the Oxford Mail, Banbury Cake, Swindon Advertiser and Wiltshire Times Series, are affected by the plans, apart from those involved in sports subbing.
In his announcement, Mr Donald said: “Although we have reduced our cost base significantly in recent years, trading conditions remain challenging and we continue to look for ways to streamline the business and achieve efficiency savings.
“We have identified an opportunity for editorial subbing in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire to operate more effectively by creating a regional editorial production operation in Oxford.
“It is proposed that this regional operation, excluding sports subbing, would serve all Oxfordshire and Wiltshire titles. The proposal, if it goes ahead, would result in six redundancies.
“Today we are announcing a consultation period which will last no longer than 30 days, during which the editors will discuss all aspects of the proposal with those affected. The Staff Councils have been briefed.”