A weekly’s offices are set to close after management decided they required too much work to bring up to scratch.
Chronicle editor Douglas Skelton is also set to leave the Romanes Media Group title at the end of the year to pursure a career in writing.
Group publishing director Keith McIntyre believes the move will alleviate pressure on stretched journalists.
He said: “Romanes Media Group do not have a policy of closing local offices, in fact this year alone we have opened new offices in Slough, Reading and Dunfermline.
“However circumstances in Cumnock were different.
“The building itself required a great deal of work to maintain it and our editorial team was struggling to cope with absences whether for holidays or sickness.
“As part of a larger editorial team in our Ardrossan office we will alleviate this pressure on our journalists.
“We are also currently looking at alternative means by which our reporters can still be on the ground in Cumnock and the surrounding villages.”
The company is now in consultation with its three part-time receptionists based in Ardrossan and Cumnock.