Further job losses are in prospect at Johnston Press-owned weekly titles in Yorkshire as the company’s editorial shake-up continues.
In a move announced to staff last week, the editorial department of the Wakefield-based Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group is to be reorganised with the loss of five roles.
Those whose posts are under threat include two sports journalists, a photographer, a deputy news editor and a digital assistant.
Titles affected by the changes include the Wakefield Express, Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express and Pontefract and Castleford Express.
The changes are set out in an internal memo which has been seen by HoldtheFrontPage. The company has yet to make any official comment.
It states: “A proposal to reorganise the editorial department across YWNG has been announced as part of the relaunch of paid-for titles and the move to develop ‘platform neutral’ newsrooms throughout the Group.
“The following changes are proposed:
• The centralisation of the YWNG sports reporting into a team based in Wakefield, comprising a group sports editor, a group deputy sports editor and four sports reporters. As a result of this there would be a loss of two sports specific roles.
• The re-modelling of the YWNG photographic structure to a centralised format which will result in the loss of one photographic position.
• Changes in digital responsibility for key roles within YWNG which will result in the loss of the YWNG digital assistant role.
• It is proposed to relocate the editorial staff from the office in South Elmsall to the office in Pontefract, and cease the reception service. The resulting change in workflow would result in the loss of the deputy news editor at Pontefract.
“Prior to any implementation, the company will consult extensively on an individual and collective basis to explain the procedure, consider all alternatives, examine ways of mitigating the effects of this proposal, determine redundancy terms and address any other issues that may arise.
“It is expected the consultation process will be complete by June 1. In the event the proposal goes ahead, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact through re-deployment to alternative positions and voluntary redundancy.”
The latest job losses come on top of seven editorial redundancies at the Halifax Courier as a result of its forthcoming switch from daily to weekly.
A separate announcement, also made last week, will see a reduction of up to five advertising line management roles across Leeds, Halifax and Wakefield.