A round of job cuts is in prospect at an award-winning daily newspaper in the Midlands.
The Derby Telegraph, recently honoured at the Regional Press Awards for its campaign to save rail jobs in the city, has become the latest Northcliffe-owned title in the region to feel the economic squeeze.
It has begun a consultation with around ten staff including members of the features team and the editorial artist.
However it is understood that some of the staff affected are likely to be offered to the chance of redeployment into other roles, meaning the eventual number of job losses may be signifcantly lower.
The news was announced to staff by editor Steve Hall in a statement issued yesterday afternoon.
It read: “Continuing difficult trading conditions have made it necessary for the Derby Telegraph to review its costs and, over the past few days, the company has entered into consultations with a small number of staff.
“Discussions are now taking place with some members of the editorial features team, the editorial artist, the senior management PA and, within newspaper sales, the retail sales controllers.
“We are keen to hear the views of all those directly impacted by our proposals and will not take final decisions on any potential restructuring/redundancy until these consultations have concluded. No other teams are impacted by these potential changes.”
All four Northcliffe-owned dailies have seen significant job losses this year, but the cuts in prospect at the Telegraph appear to be on a smaller scale than some of its sister titles.
Meanwhile the Nottingham Post has seen the non-replacement of a succession of departing senior executives including the deputy editor and assistant editor.
In addition two sports desk roles were axed in March followed by the role of picture editor.