Publisher Johnston Press is to merge the operations of its three flagship Scottish titles with the loss of up to 45 jobs.
The move is expected to lead to between 35 and 45 jobs at the Edinburgh based titles.
It comes after the company revealed it was planning “further efficiency savings” in an interim management statement published yesterday.
Ian Stewart, editor of The Scotsman, will become editorial director of the three papers, while Edinburgh Evening News editor Frank O’Donnell will become managing editor.
The model set to be adopted in Edinburgh is likely to mirror the JP operation in Leeds, where the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post already work as a combined team under a single editor, Jeremy Clifford, and managing editor, Nicola Furbisher.
Helen Oldham, the managing director of JP’s Yorkshire division who oversaw the introduction of those changes, was given additional responsibility for Scotland in a JP management restructure earlier this year.
Former YP editor Peter Charlton has also been involved in carrying out the organisational review in Edinburgh that has led to today’s announcement.
Said Ian: “This one team model will enable our editorial team members to work across different titles, delivering quality content and reducing duplication of effort as a result.
“The measures being outlined – which include the opportunity for editorial team members to apply for voluntary redundancy – are proposals at this stage and there will be a full consultation period before final decisions are made.”
Ian and Frank are currently considering the newsroom structure that will sit underneath their roles.
It is expected that the plans will be implemented by March next year.