Two weekly editors whose combined service totals more than 60 years have been axed by regional publisher Newsquest.
Sue Smith, editor of the Stroud News and Journal and Gloucestershire Independent, and Skip Walker, who edits the Wilts and Glos Standard and Gloucestershire Gazette, were both made redundant last week.
Both women have worked in local newspapers for more than 30 years and have long experience with their respective titles.
It is understood that the four titles alongside quarterly magazine Cotswood Essence are to be placed under a single group editor.
Sue, pictured above left, started out on the Bury Free Press in 1976 and pursued a career on national newspapers before joining the News and Journal in 2000, at which time Skip was the paper’s editor.
She was news editor for four years before succeeeding Skip in the editor’s chair.
Skip, below right, then returned to the Cirencester-based Wilts & Glos Standard as editor, ten years after having left the paper to take over in Stroud.
In addition to the editor roles, a staff photographer role has also been axed at the Gloucestershire titles.
There is now one photographer covering all three paid-for papers.
No one from Newsquest has so far responded to requests for a comment.
The Gloucestershire departures follow that of another long-serving Newsquest editor, Paul Walker, whose role disappeared in a restructure earlier this month.
Paul had been editor of seven weekly titles including the Stourbridge News, Halesowen News, Dudley News, Kidderminster Shuttle, Bromsgrove Advertiser, Droitwich Advertiser and Redditch and Alcester Advertiser, which he had edited since January 1999.