A number of job losses are in prospect at a regional daily in a restructure which will see subbing and reporting roles merged.
Editorial staff at the Grimsby Telegraph were told last week that production and journalist roles would be merged to form 12 new content manager jobs.
The move is resulting in two editorial job losses, while an indeterminate number of other posts will go across other departments.
Publisher Local World said the redundancies, which also affect management, commercial and administrative staff, followed a strategic review of the business.
The journalist job losses are thought to be the first editorial redundancies made since the new regional publisher was formed in January from titles previously owned by Northcliffe Media and Iliffe News and Media.
It is understood the paper aims to make the two job losses through voluntary redundancies.
Editor Michelle Lalor told staff about the restructure last week and meetings with the affected journalists are understood to have been held on Monday.
An internal announcement by Michelle, which has been seen by HTFP, said the move was being made because of cost-cutting pressures.
She wrote: “I explained that the business is under presure to reduce costs while increasing the overall pagination of each publication.
“This has led to a considered review of the way that we provide content and produce our publication.
“As a consequence of this, it is proposed to merge the production and journalist roles to form 12 new content manager roles, supported by a product designer. This would see an overall reduction in headcount of two FTE.”
A statement from Local World said: “Grimsby and Scunthorpe Media Group continually reviews its operations in accordance with its current revenue streams.
“As a result, a strategic review has taken place over the last few weeks which may result in possible headcount reductions across all areas of the business, which includes editorial.
“It is vitally important in the current climate that we remain as structurally focused as possible in the ever changing multi-media environment at Local World. We have notified all employees who may be affected and consultations with those employees are underway.”
The company has declined to put a figure on the overall number of job losses.
Commenting on the job losses, National Union of Journalists Northern & Midlands organiser Chris Morley said: “It has been reported that Local World made more than £7m in profits in the first three months of this year and could go on to make £30m in 2013, since the merger of the Northcliffe and Iliffe titles. So it seems quite bizarre that one of the first things it does is to shed editorial staff.
“This is clearly a case of having no regard for quality journalism. David Montgomery should be investing his profits in what will make his newspaper group a success: the journalists.”