The Ipswich Evening Star is to move to five-day a week publication and drop the ‘evening’ from its title with the loss of 14 editorial jobs.
The Archant owned newspaper is to be renamed the Ipswich Star, with a separate edition for Felixstowe, and will publish from Monday to Friday only from January 23.
It Saturday edition will be replaced by a new Ipswich edition of sister title the East Anglian Daily Times.
Archant says the changes will result in a reduction of 14 roles from the existing 91-strong editorial team.
Those at risk of losing their jobs include photographers, sub-editors and feature writers. Newsdesk, sport, commercial and business writers will be unaffected.
Archant said the changes to the Star would “properly reflect its overnight publishing pattern and geographic strongholds.”
Other changes will see the company launch a new free weekly title, the Stowmarket Mercury, to cater for the fast-growing market town.
And the Star will get a new 25,000 circulation free, home-delivered, edition to be distributed on Thursdays.
Archant Anglia managing director Johnny Hustler, said: “Ipswich has found the going tough economically over the past few years. The requirements of our readers and advertisers are changing and we must adapt and innovate if we are to meet their needs in the future.
“These proposals are designed to rebalance our activities and focus so that we satisfy our customers’ needs and grow our audience in the times ahead.”
Star editor Nigel Pickover added: “The Star is a powerful and potent title, winning many fights for its readers and advertisers, and we look forward to continuing to serve our communities in Greater Ipswich and Felixstowe.”
Daily Times editor Terry Hunt said: “Our Saturday edition, already the best-selling of the week, will now be strengthened further and we hope many more readers will be able to enjoy its news, sports and feature platforms.”