Three weekly newspapers will no longer cover sports stories after being relaunched in a magazine-style format next week.
The company says there are no redundancies as a result of the move but it is understood some sports roles that became vacant leading up to the relaunch were not replaced.
Joshua Richards, a former sports reporter and sub-editor for the titles, posted on Twitter that he had left his job on Wednesday and tweeted that the papers were “switching from papers to magazines from next week. Unfortunately with no sport content.”
He added there would only be the occasional feature written about sport.
The company says distribution of the free 112-page titles, which are part of the Kentish Times series, will increase from 50,000 to 80,000 and the papers will focus on local feature content as well as news.
Archant London managing director Will Hattam said: “This is a fresh approach for our readers and advertisers. Our initial response has been very positive.”
Ilford Recorder editor Chris Carter has been seconded as launch editor for the titles, working with group design editor Steve Bodycomb and the Kent team over the coming months.
A story in this week’s paper said: “From next week a new-look, compact size Times, presented in a fresh and innovative design, will be out and will feature stories that reflect the vibrant community it serves.
“We will be bringing you the latest news and stories of local people doing heroic deeds, focussing on businesses that are the pride of our area and delving into the archives of historical features. The spotlight will also be shone on clubs and organisations through the words of their members.”
In the story, Chris said: “We believe readers will be excited by the new compact Times, which we have reshaped after listening to their views and those of our advertisers.
“With more copies of your favourite local read being distributed throughout the area, more and more people will have the chance to enjoy our bright and breezy new-look Times.”