Trinity Mirror has announced plans to merge production of three of its Scottish titles as part of a restructure which puts 21 jobs at risk.
Production staff at weekly papers in Hamilton, Stirling, Kilmarnock and Ayr will transfer to the Central Quay office next month, while production of the Paisley Daily Express will be merged with the Record and Sunday Mail.
Seven production jobs and two photographic roles are at risk, but the company is also planning to create seven new trainee reporter roles and bring back the posts of individual editors for each title.
The company is also planning to make the roles of 12 copy inputters at its weekly titles redundant as more readers submit stories and pictures electronically – but the affected staff are to be given the chance to apply for the seven new trainee reporting roles.
The restructure has come about as part of a roll-out of the ContentWatch editorial system, which will see all the company’s Scottish titles relaunched with a new look, sharing the same design, fonts and colour libraries.
Media Scotland editor-in-chief Allan Rennie said: “This is a significant change for us all, but it is necessary for our future. This gives us an important competitive publishing advantage over our rivals across all platforms, including print, mobile and tablet.
“Our titles will be more efficient and able to adapt to the rapidly changing media landscape. Above all, they will still be at the heart of the communities they serve.
“We have today entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff and our aim is to achieve this restructure through voluntary means.”
The publisher has also announced a selective voluntary redundancy programme for all editorial staff employed by Scottish & Universal Newspapers Ltd, the company’s weekly newspaper division.