The number of roles on a regional daily newspaper sports desk is to be cut by two due to staff leaving and not being replaced.
The Nottingham Post, which recently posted a 17.2pc year-on-year drop in circulation, is to see a reduction in sports staff from eight to six.
Sports reporter Matt Halfpenny will be the first to leave the Northcliffe-owned title today after landing a job with Bowles Sports Agency. A second journalist will retire at the end of the month.
Neither of the two staff will be replaced.
The move follows the non-replacement of two of the paper’s most senior journalists who recently left to take up editor’s jobs elsewhere.
Deputy editor Steven Fletcher left in November 2011 after landing the top job at the Lincolnshire Echo, while assistant editor Martin Biddle, whose post had been due to disappear in a restructure, was last month named as managing editor of Bahamas daily The Tribune.
In the latest ABC circulation figures released last month the Post recorded the biggest dip of any regional daily title in the country.