The Midland News Association, publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star, has confirmed it is seeking reductions in its production, sub-editing and newsdesk staff, although reporting roles likely to be unaffected.
As part of the changes, the Shropshire Star will revert from four editions to three, although the E&S will retain its five-edition structure.
The company is hoping the staff reductions can be achieved through voluntary redundancies.
An MNA spokesman said: “We are currently in discussions on an individual basis with a number of staff in areas where we are looking to make efficiencies.
“We are hopeful the process will not involve compulsory redundancies. It is hoped the changes will be made early in 2017.”
An internal staff document, which has been seen by HTFP, reveals that print revenues at the MNA are around 10pc behind those of last year, with the Brexit decision and the subsequent fall in the value of the pound likely to impact on newsprint prices.
It said the planned staff reductions “will not affect our reporters, circulation, digital, advertising, drivers or finance.”
The document also reveals that the launch of MNA’s own PR company Star PR – as reported by HTFP in August – has been hit by the departure of the manager brought in to run it.
“The person we brought in to manage the business had a change in circumstances and she and her colleague left the business at the end of September,” it says.
“Management are confident there is a business there with the right person to run it. We are in the process of recruiting a replacement, but not rushing into an appointment.”