Around seven senior editorial posts including at least three weekly deputy editors have been axed at a group of regional newspapers in North Wales.
NWN Media, publisher of the Wrexham-based Leader and associated weeklies, said the redundancies were the result of a restructure following the economic downturn.
In a letter to staff NWN told them the redundancies were being made because of uncertain trading conditions.
HTFP understands that those affected include Emlyn Roberts, deputy editor of the North Wales Chronicle, North Wales Pioneer, and Rhyl Journal, Mark Lingard, deputy editor of the Powys County times, and Peter Jenkins, deputy editor of the Denbighshire Free Press.
Editorial director Barrie Jones told HTFP the redundancies were part of a restructuring plan.
He said: ‘The trading position within local media companies remains very uncertain. NWN Media like many other newspaper groups is facing difficult challenges and there is little evidence of real recovery in the economy.
“As a consequence we need to reduce our editorial costs in line with business needs with a restructure of the department.
“An internal project group was set up earlier this year to examine all our options and its recommendations were agreed by the NWN Board.
“Consequently, a number of editorial roles were identified as being at risk of redundancy. We have been speaking to those members of staff affected over the past few weeks.”
Mr Jones would not confirm the amount of job losses, or which departments were affected.
However HTFP understands that as well as the two weekly deputy editor roles they also include a sports writer and photographer on The Leader.