Newsquest has revealed plans to transfer work currently undertaken by production staff in Reading, following the company’s purchase of the Berkshire Media Group and its owner Romanes Media Group in May.
It is proposed that all roles within the department will be made redundant, with work being outsourced from Berkshire to India, as well as the company’s production hubs in Southampton and Newport.
An 11-day consultation period with staff has now begun, with a final announcement scheduled for Monday 27 July.
Staff at the Romanes Media Group office in Clydebank, Scotland, have also been told Newsquest is reviewing “all areas of the company”, while new computer systems and processes are introduced, with an update is expected later this summer.
Keith McIntyre, the former managing director of BMG, has left the company along with former RMG finance director Graham Faulds.
A memo sent to staff by operations director Tina Wright, which has been seen by HTFP, reads: “In order to improve operational efficiency within the Berkshire production business and reduce costs, we are notifying you of our proposal to dissolve our production function from its regional base. This proposal affects you all in that we propose to outsource the production of adverts and move to a centralised function.
“In the event that the production function does transfer out of Berkshire, the work you currently produce will be picked up externally in India and internally within Southampton and Newport, therefore the company is proposing to make your roles redundant.
“As a result of this proposal a new role of media support officer may be developed to be based in Berkshire. I will notify you should this be created as to what this will entail and you will be able to apply.”
She added: “I would like to thank everyone in anticipation for their patience and understanding whilst we consider the proposed restructure.”