Editorial jobs are under threat at two weekend newspapers in Kent as a result of plans to merge the news and sports departments.
Archant KOS Media has confirmed that four editorial jobs could be at risk of redundancy at its titles Kent on Sunday and Kent on Saturday as part of an on-going review of the business.
Staff were told the news last week and a formal consultation process is now under way.
It is understood that the proposed changes would see the sports and news department amalgamated into one.
Miller Hogg, managing director of Archant Lifestyle, which includes Archant KOS Media said: “It is an on-going review of the business to enable it to meet the needs of our readers and advertisers and maintain the long term viability of the business.”
Archant bought out the formerly family-owned KOS Media just over a year ago, having previously taken a minority stake in the company.
At the time of the takeover, KOS also published ten free newspapers in Kent under the ‘your’ brand including yourtunbridgewells, yourdeal and yoursandwich, and produces internet TV station YourkentTV.
However it has since taken the decision to stop printing all but one of these titles, which are now published solely as e-editions.
At the time, managing director Paul Stannard said the decision to go online-only had allowed the company to invest in and expand Kent on Saturday and Kent on Sunday.A previous editorial restructure at KoS Media last December resulted in around eight job losses.