Sub-editing, sports subbing and page production roles are set to be lost at the Southern Daily Echo’s offices in Southampton, if the proposals go ahead.
Parent company Newsquest plans to transfer most of the production of its Hampshire titles to its Weymouth subbing hub with the introduction of the Knowledge editorial system.
Some functions will also be carried out in Newport, South Wales.
Two production design editor roles will be created to be based at the Echo’s Redbridge headquarters, with the possibility of “one or two” more jobs also being created.
However, it is understood up to 20 staff could be at risk of redundancy as part of the plans.
The news follows last month’s announcement that three editorships in Hampshire would be lost with all three titles being overseen by Echo editor and Newsquest Hampshire editor-in-chief Ian Murray, pictured above left.
The Hampshire Chronicle’s Keith Redbourn and the Romsey Advertiser Andrew Ross were set to be axed in the cuts, while no replacement would be sought for the vacant chair left by Mark Jones’s departure from the Basingstoke Gazette.
It was also revealed in February that the Echo’s picture editor and deputy picture editor are at risk of redundancy.
Since Newsquest began implementing the Knowledge system across its titles, production duties have been moved to central bases at Newport and Weymouth from centres across the country.
The process of moving to the new system in Hampshire is expected to begin in mid-April and finish in the summer.
In an announcement made to Newsquest Hampshire staff on Friday, Ian said the move was being made “to improve operational efficiency and save costs”.
He said: “As a result of these changes the company is proposing to create two new production design editor roles to be based at Redbridge.
“There may also be a requirement for one or two additional roles to carry out some aspects of design that may remain at the Southampton office.
“Details of any additional roles will be made available during the consultation period along with details of how to apply.
“Should this proposal go ahead this would result in the loss of production roles at the Southampton subbing hub.”
A consultation period on the proposals began yesterday with a final announcement set to be made at 4pm on 8 April.
Ian added: “All editorial staff in the region will be informed of what the introduction of the Knowledge system will mean to them, working practices and how training will be provided in the coming days.
“I would like to thank everyone in anticipation for their patience and understanding whilst we finalise the proposed restructuring process.”