More than 40 editorial jobs are set to go in the West Midlands in a fresh restructure by regional publisher Trinity Mirror.
The changes announced to staff at 2pm today will also see the closure of three free newspapers – the Chase Post, Stafford Post and Sutton News, which will each publish their final editions this week.
A regional production hub is to be created involving content editors from Trinity’s Birmingham and Coventry titles and a regional features unit introduced.
Some specialist reporting roles on different titles will also be merged in what managers say will mean “more effective sharing of resources across the region.”
Taken together the changes are expected to result in a reduction in editorial headcount of approximately 50 across the Midlands businesses, including seven on the three titles due to close.
However the proposals also call for the recruitment of an additional five full-time editorial roles, meaning the restructure will result in a total net reduction in editorial roles of 45.
The proposals also outline plans to restructure the advertising department by creating regional teams, operating across the Trinity Mirror Midlands region.
This is expected to result in a net reduction in advertising staff numbers of approximately 11, with a further ten advertsing jobs to go on the three titles due to close. A formal consulation process has begun.
The restructure has been carried out by new Trinity Mirror Midlands managing director, Steve Anderson-Dixon.
Said Steve: “This review of our organisational structure is vital if we are to ensure a future for our newspapers and websites in the Midlands.
“We all need to work more closely as a region and sharing key resources is a key theme in these proposals.
“These actions will result in a reduction in the number of roles at all levels, across a number of offices and departments and we have entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff.”