Northcliffe Media is to sell five of its weekly newspapers in Staffordshire and South Cheshire to a rival publisher for a sum in excess of £1m, it emerged today.
Staff at the Post and Times were told of the move earlier this week and the deal has also been announced to staff in Burton.
It is understood that no editorial jobs at the affected titles are under threat with the possibility that some additional production roles may be created to undertake work currently done centrally by Northcliffe.
Group editor of Staffordshire Newspapers Steve Lowe told HTFP: “This is good news all round. It demonstrates the company’s commitment to local newspapers and fits perfectly with our own footprint.
“We won’t be losing any jobs and we may need a few more people to do some of the work that’s currently taken up by Northcliffe.”
Production of the Post and Times and its sister papers moved to the Stoke offices of the Northcliffe-owned Sentinel in a restructure in 2009.
Around 15-20 staff at the Post and Times are affected by the change of ownership. Other titles included in the deal are the Cheadle Post and Times, Uttoxeter Post and Times, Moorlands Advertiser and South Cheshire Advertiser.
“The sale is subject to the appropriate legal consultation with the employees of the Post & Times under the TUPE regulations.
“This sale gives us a greater opportunity to concentrate on developing our Stoke portfolio.”
Northcliffe originally purchased the Post and Times series from the Hill Brothers in 2003. The titles are currently edited by Steve Houghton.