Regional publisher Northcliffe Media is to shake-up its organisational structure by dispensing with regional editors and managing directors.
It will see new roles of publisher created in three of the group’s key newspaper centres – Nottingham, Bristol and Hull.
The editors in those centres will now report directly to the publishers who will have full profit-and-loss responsibility for the businesses.
Northcliffe currently employs six regional editors across its three regions – North and Midlands, South West and Wales, and South-East.
However none of those concerned are likely to lose their jobs as each of them also has other roles editing daily or weekly titles.
Northcliffe is calling the move the first stage in a “long-term strategy” to improve its performance, which will be seen by some as an attempt to dispel speculation that the group will be sold off.
Since taking over the MD’s role last month Mr Auckland has also launched a review of the company’s portfolio which could see some daily titles going weekly.
A spokesperson for Northcliffe Media said: “The operating structure at Northcliffe Media is going through some changes to create a simplified ‘one team’ approach.
“Three Publisher roles will be created in Bristol, Nottingham and Hull. These roles will have full profit and loss accountability, and responsibility for the publishing model, pricing structure and staffing for their centres. The positions will be advertised nationally.
“It is envisaged that these changes will be phased over the next few months once the appointments have been made.
“The restructure is the first phase of a long-term strategy to improve the performance of Northcliffe Media.”