Two satellite offices of a daily-turned-weekly newspaper in the Midlands have closed amid more staff cutbacks.
The Kettering-based Northants Telegraph, which switched to weekly publication earlier this year, has shut its offices in the towns of Wellingborough and Rushden.
The move comes amid plans for more job cuts at Johnston Press-owned titles in the county, with one sports editor role and two features desk jobs at risk of redundancy.
The moves were announced last week, separately to the offer of voluntary redundancy to JP staff in the South Midlands division which has now been rolled out across the whole group.
The proposed cutbacks are the latest in a series of changes affecting the Northants titles over the past six months which began when two of them switched from daily to weekly publication.
Between 10-20 jobs were lost when the Telegraph and the Northampton Chronicle and Echo were relaunched as weeklies in June, while three editor roles have since been made redundant on weekly sister titles.
Brian Dodds of the Harborough Mail, Matt Cornish of the Daventry Express and Simon Steele of the Rugby Advertiser all left in a shake-up this autumn which saw their roles combined with those of other editors.
Telegraph editor Neil Pickford now has responsibility for the Mail, David Summers of the Chronicle and Echo is in charge of the Express, while Chris Lillington of the Leamington Courier is also editing the Advertiser.
Northamptonshire Newspapers managing director Chris Pennock has confirmed that the sports editor roles on the Chronicle and Echo and the Express are to be merged with one job at risk of redundancy.
In a statement issued last week, he said: “Following recent changes in the editorial structure in Northampton and Daventry the company has today announced the proposal to combine the sports team to create greater efficiencies resulting in a headcount reduction of one.”
Chris has also announced the loss of two features desk roles in Northampton following a “review” of the performance of the Chronicle and Echo’s Image Magazine.
This will involve the scrapping of the role of deputy magazine editor and the loss of one additional feature writer.
Said Chris: “Prior to any implementation, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact of the proposal through voluntary redundancy and re-deployment to alternative positions within the company and the group.”
Formal consultation periods on both announcements are expected to be completed within the first half of November.