A weekly newspaper office in the North West is set to become the latest to be closed by publisher Johnston Press.
The company has confirmed it is to close the offices of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times at King Street, Clitheroe.
One local source told HTFP that journalists were likely to be based in future at the offices of sister title the Burnley Express, around 13 miles away.
However JP said that no decision had yet been taken on where staff would be based, and that staff were “helping with a search for new premises in Clitheroe that would provide more suitable accommodation.”
In recent months some JP titles have experimented with ‘officeless’ or ‘virtual’ newsrooms with reporters out and about on the patch and staying in touch via social media.
The Clitheroe office is currently leased by Johnston Press and the lease expires in November.
The Burnley Express office on Bull Street was included in the original portfolio of former and current newspaper offices which were put up for sale by Johnston Press last year. It had a guide price of £160,000.
A dedicated website was set up to market the properties, which had a combined value of more than £8m, but this has now been taken down.
Some of the offices which were sold have subsequently been leased back by JP.