A daily newspaper is set to go weekly and up to eight editorial jobs are at risk in the latest series of restructures by Trinity Mirror.
Trinity Mirror has announced that former Local World title the Nuneaton News will go weekly, leaving the Nuneaton edition of the Coventry Telegraph, which will feature an increased number of change pages, as the sole daily newspaper covering the town.
The move will see approximately four jobs lost in Nuneaton, which was also served by the weekly Nuneaton Tribune before TM closed it last year, while a further four are facing redundancy after the company announced a restructure of its recently-acquired South Wales titles.
It is understood two photographer roles, a sportsdesk role and a production role will be lost at the South Wales Evening Post as a result.
HTFP also understands four vacant roles in South Wales – a production job, a digital job and two journalist jobs in Carmarthen and Llanelli – will not be filled.
And the websites of the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star will also close, with content instead being posted on the site of the Swansea-based Evening Post to “better serve larger local audiences.”
Llanelli Star editor Rebecca Davies, who also took on the Journal editorship after Emma Bryant’s departure in November, has already left the business to take up the position of executive press and media relations officer with the University of Wales Trinity St David.
Trinity Mirror has now confirmed that it is their intention to replace Rebecca in the role.
A statement read to staff in South Wales on Wednesday reads: “Trinity Mirror today announced plans to expand www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk to provide enhanced hyperlocal news to communities in Swansea and the surrounding areas.
“As a result, content from the Llanelli Star and Carmarthen Journal websites will be merged into the www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk, to better serve larger local audiences.
“This will result in a net reduction of four roles across editorial, production and photography. Staff affected by these proposals have now entered a period of consultation.
“There will be no impact on Trinity Mirror’s print portfolio in South Wales and the business remains committed to providing first-class local content across our daily, weekly and digital brands.”
A statement about the Nuneaton changes , also issued on Wednesday, reads: “Trinity Mirror today announced changes to its portfolio in Nuneaton, with the town to be served daily by the Nuneaton Telegraph, weekly by the Nuneaton News and digitally through the websites of both titles.
“The Nuneaton Telegraph, published daily, will provide more local news coverage for the area through an increase in change pages. It will be complemented by a bolstered weekly Nuneaton News.
“As a result of this announcement, there will be a reduction of approximately four roles, and staff affected are now in consultation.”
The company said yesterday it expects to find £12m of ‘synergy savings’ in 2017 from the integration of the former LW titles with its existing regional portfolio.
Other recently announced changes will see around 14 editorial jobs lost at Trinity Mirror’s newly acquired titles in the South-West of England with 13 websites being merged into three, while four editors of ex-Local World titles have also left in recent weeks along with a number of photographers.
The Nuneaton News began life 24 years ago as the Heartland Evening News, which was launched as a new independent start-up after the then Evening Tribune went from daily to weekly.
It is now edited by Gary Phelps, who is based in Tamworth and also edits the Tamworth Herald, Sutton Coldfield Observer, Lichfield Mercury, Walsall Advertiser, Great Barr Observer and Cannock Mercury.
The National Union of Journalists said the paper’s staff had been “heartbroken” to learn it was to become a weekly publication and the town’s office closed.
Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands organiser, said: “A small but extremely dedicated and motivated editorial team at the Nuneaton News has served the borough faithfully for many years. But within less than a year of Trinity Mirror’s takeover of Local World, this great asset to the community, with its distinctive and original coverage will be broken up and yet one more of the UK’s daily publications will be no more.
“Staff have been left heartbroken and distraught by the announcement and say it felt like a bereavement. They live in the town and have worked on the News for more than a decade, some having secured their first jobs in journalism there.
“I shall be meeting members next week to decide how we proceed. But given the close-knit nature of the community, I do feel Trinity Mirror needs to consult closely with its citizens and take stock of whether this is indeed the best way forward for all concerned.”