Regional publisher Johnston Press has announced it is centralising its media sales contact centres in Sheffield.
Advertising roles from the company’s existing centres in Sunderland, Scarborough, Leeds, Preston, Peterborough, Northampton and Milton Keynes are all due to transfer to the steel city under the plan.
It is not known how many staff are affected and the company has so far declined to elaborate on the announcement in response to questions from HTFP.
The move is the latest in a series of major restructuring announcements which have so far seen two daily editors leave the business and two more put at risk of redundancy.
The announcement was made yesterday by JP’s chief operating officer Danny Cammiade.
It read: “The company has today announced a proposal to consolidate all contact centre activities within England to Sheffield. This will allow the Group to create a highly effective and efficient contact centre with new telephony and customer relationship management systems delivering improved levels of customer service.
“The contact centre activities within Sunderland, Scarborough, Leeds, Preston, Peterborough, Northampton and Milton Keynes will therefore transfer to Sheffield.
“The contact centres in Scotland and Ireland will be retained and will not transfer.
“Those affected are being consulted on an individual and collective basis under Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 2006. We anticipate that this consultation process will be complete 4 May 2012.
“In the event that this proposal goes ahead, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact through voluntary redundancy and re-deployment to alternative positions within the organisation.”
Earlier this week JP announced it was combining the editorships of the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post in a single role, placing YP editor Peter Charlton and YEP boss Paul Napier at risk of redundancy.
It has also announced the scrapping of the post of editor-in-chief of Scotsman Publications which had been held by John McLellan.