Print deadlines at two regional dailies are set to be brought forward after publisher Trinity Mirror announced changes to its transport operation.
A number of non-editorial jobs are at risk at the company’s North-East centres as a result of a decision to move to wholesale distribution.
The company is closing its North-East transport department and transferring the work to Menzies Distribution and Smiths News in a bid to create a bigger sales window for Newcastle’s Evening Chronicle and the Teesside-based Evening Gazette.
However it means off-stone times at both titles will move forward with the Evening Gazette now due to be printed overnight at Johnston Press’s print plant at Dinnington, near Sheffield.
The company says eight printing roles at its Teeeside print plant are at risk of redundancy, while “a number” of transport jobs are also affected.
The move is also likely to mean to end of the branded distribution vans that carry the Evening Chronicle masthead.
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “Following a review of our Trinity Mirror Printing manufacturing scheduling in the North East, Trinity Mirror has announced a number of changes aimed at driving circulation performance.
“To enable the Evening Gazette to be distributed within the wholesale distribution network, printing will transfer to the Johnston Press site at Dinnington, where it will be printed overnight. In addition, the Chronicle’s off stone times will be brought forward.
“The distribution of the Evening Gazette and Chronicle will move to Menzies Distribution and Smiths News. This will enable both titles to reach the market alongside national newspapers and benefit from a greater sales window.
“There are no editorial job losses as a result of this proposal, however eight roles at TMP Teesside are at risk of redundancy. Trinity Mirror has entered into consultation with all affected staff.”
The Evening Chronicle and its sister title The Journal will continue to be printed at Teesside.
The Chronicle had already moved to overnight printing but it is understood that its off-stone times will now come forward to before midnight.