As reported on HTFP last month, the Midland News Association announced it was seeking requests for voluntary redundancy as part of a plan to introduce “more efficient ways of working” across its business.
The MNA, which runs daily titles the Shropshire Star and Wolverhampton’s Express & Star, has now confirmed that four sub-editors have successfully applied for VR and will leave their jobs by the end of March.
A proposal to transfer some sub-editing roles from Wolverhampton to the Shropshire Star offices, in Telford, was considered as part of the restructure. However, the company has now said subbing work will continue to be split across the two sites.
An MNA spokesman said: “Following the recent discussions with staff, four sub editors have successfully applied for voluntary redundancy and will leave by the end of March. There will be no compulsory redundancies.
“Production and sub editing work will continue to be split across the two sites, Wolverhampton and Telford, to meet the business needs.
“Discussions with staff continue about various new roles and response to the reorganisation has been positive.”
The latest announcement comes four months after the MNA revealed five out of 12 photographic roles across the company were at risk of redundancy.
At the time, the National Union of Journalists warned further cuts could be at the pipeline at the group despite its “long history of commitment to real local news”.