A daily newspaper currently hit by a series of editorial cutbacks is set to switch to overnight printing in the New Year.
The production change means the Johnston Press-owned title will be able to be distributed earlier in the morning alongside national titles, instead of its current 11.30am slot for hitting the newsstands.
However the company says there are no plans to drop the ‘Evening’ from the newspaper’s name.
A JP spokeswoman said: “In line with other daily titles – both Johnston Press-owned and across the industry – we plan to start printing the Edinburgh Evening News overnight in the New Year.
“Readers are increasingly turning to the title’s website for immediate, first-class coverage of news events and up-to-the-minute information.
“The EEN print version, with more detailed coverage, analysis and comment by the same, skilled news team – won’t be affected by the change in print times.
“Overnight printing is more efficient – helping to safeguard the title’s future – and it means a longer shelf life for the print edition.”
Around 35-45 jobs are due to go as a result of the merger which will also see a new managerial structure introduced as outlined to staff earlier this week.
Staff at the three titles were informed on Wednesday there had been 28 applications made for voluntary redundancy as a result of the changes. The deadline for applications for VR is next Friday.
The merger move was made after the company revealed it was planning “further efficiency savings” in an interim management statement published in October.
The full merger, which will see all three titles retain separate identities, are expected to be put in place by March.