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Editor’s role axed as part of ‘Newsroom 3.1′ changes

The executive editor of four weekly titles owned by Trinity Mirror has left the business following the introduction of its digital-first newsroom blueprint.

Until last month, Linda Roberts was executive editor of the North Wales Weekly News, Caernarfon & Denbigh Herald, Holyhead and Anglesey Mail and Bangor Mail.

However her role ceased to exist under the changes introduced as part of the ‘Newsroom 3.1′ initiative and Linda opted to take redundancy.

Mark Thomas, editor of the North Wales Daily Post, had earlier assumed overall editorial responsibility for the four titles in addition to his existing role.

Newsroom 3.1 has been rolled out across Trinity Mirror’s regional centres throughout the course of this year and has resulted in a net gain in editorial roles in some centres.

However when it was implemented in Liverpool and North Wales in October it resulted in the loss of around seven jobs.

A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “Linda’s role was no longer required due to the recent newsroom 3.1 restructure rolling out across Trinity Mirror’s regional titles.

“Linda chose to take redundancy and leaves with our very best wishes.”

Until 2009 she was editor of the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail but then added the Caernarfon Herald to her portfolio.

She was the first woman editor of the Herald and oversaw the paper’s 180th anniversary two years later.

Eventually she took on the weekly News and the Bangor Mail, helping oversee its relaunch in 2011 as a fully-paid for title.

Earlier this year, Linda helped lead the 125th anniversary celebrations of the North Wales Weekly News.