A regional newspaper publisher is set to axe 24 jobs in a shake-up designed to centralise production and introduce greater content sharing across its titles.
Archant Anglia, which publishes the Eastern Daily Press, Ipswich Star and several other daily and weekly titles, wants to create a combined production unit in Norwich to serve all its newspapers in the region.
It means 14 production roles current based in Ipswich have been placed at risk of redundancy.
A further four jobs in Ipswich and six in Norwich are also at risk as a result plans for greater content sharing across the company’s four daily titles, which also include the East Anglian Daily Times and Norwich Evening News.
The company says it believes the move will enable it to be more flexible and efficient in managing its day-to-day editorial resources.
It said in a statement to staff that if the proposal goes ahead it will see the majority of Suffolk’s editorial production work moving to Norwich.
A small editorial production team will remain based in Ipswich, along with reporters, writers and photographers, meaning there will still be about 50 front-line journalists based in Suffolk.
Consultation with those staff at risk of redundancy from these proposals has begun today.
Archant Anglia managing director, Johnny Hustler, said: “Archant Anglia, like many media businesses, continues to face extremely challenging trading situations.
“It is important we do all we can to reduce the cost of producing our newspapers, while retaining as many front-line reporting staff as possible.
“The future of our business depends on creating compelling local content and delivering that to our audiences through our traditional print and emerging digital products, but at a cost we can afford.
“It is hoped that we can continue to operate professionally and sympathetically during the consultation period.”