A weekly newspaper editor in the North West is facing possible redundancy after just six weeks in the job as a result of changes announced by Johnston Press.
Nicola Adam was appointed editor of the Chorley Guardian in March after predecessor Chris Maguire joined business magazine North West Insider.
But her role is now being combined with that of editor of the Lancashire Evening Post as part of a wide-ranging editorial shake-up announced earlier this month.
As a result Nicola’s role has been placed at risk of redundancy along with those of the editors of a series of other daily and weekly titles affected by the changes.
The 11 April announcement, which also saw the departure of LEP editor Simon Reynolds after 11 years in the chair, will see eight existing editor roles in the region reduced to four.
As well as combining the LEP editorship with that of the Chorley Guardian, the company proposes to amalgamate the editor roles at the Blackpool Gazette with those of the Lytham St Anne’s Express and the Fleetwood Weekly News; the Burnley Express with the Nelson Leader and Clitheroe Advertiser and Times; and the Lancaster Guardian with the Garstang Courier.
Before becoming editor at Chorley, Nicola had been deputy news editor at the Preston-based LEP and was also in charge of all features content including the relaunch of the new LEP What’s On platform.
She has also previously worked as chief reporter in the paper’s Lancaster office.
Johnston Press said last week that it was in consultation with all staff affected by its proposed changes and that further announcements will follow in due course.
The company declined to comment further on Nicola’s specific case when questioned by HTFP.
The roles of deputy editor of the Blackpool Gazette, Lancashire Evening Post and Wigan Evening Post are also disappearing as part of the same restructure.
However LEP deputy editor Mike Hill is being strongly tipped by insiders to take on the top job in Preston following Simon’s departure.