The Herald & Times Group, based in Glasgow, has announced the planned redundancies due to “challenging trading conditions”.
The cuts are set to be made to management, sport, arts, features, multimedia and content management across the group.
However, the planned restructure will also see new roles created to push forward the company’s “digital ambitions.”
The move follows the loss of around 20 editorial jobs at the group in August which led to a number of journalists taking voluntary redundancy.
However, Richard was retained as consultant editor of The National – the pro-independence daily whose launch he oversaw in 2014.
In a statement today, the company said: “The Herald & Times Group, in line with industry-wide trends, continues to face challenging trading conditions.
“Digital advertising and subscription revenues are continuing to rise and we are exploring other avenues for income growth to offset the declines in other areas.
“But it is paramount the company continues to closely control costs, so we are taking measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of the business. Therefore we propose a reduction of around 20 to 25 roles in editorial.”
“We very much regret this but we aim to maintain the most competitive editorial operation. The proposed restructure includes the creation of new roles to drive our digital ambitions which positions us strongly for the future.”
The National Union of Journalists has pledged to fight compulsory redundancies at the affected titles.
Paul Holleran, NUJ Scotland national organiser, said: “This is the fourth round of editorial redundancies in the Newsquest Scottish titles in 14 months. This is not a clever way of running a publishing company and there is a serious risk to the future of the newspapers in this stable.
“We are concerned that a further reduction in quality is inevitable as talented journalists lose their jobs and those remaining struggle with an increasing workload to gather and produce news and features that help sell the product.
He added: “The NUJ will endeavour to work with the new management team, which has inherited this situation, in mitigating the loss of jobs and damage to the titles.
“However, we are not prepared to accept blatant compulsory redundancies and there is little doubt the chapel will stand up for that principle.
“I am sure we can put into place maximum consultation to ensure a restructured editorial team which provides support for the workforce while producing decent newspapers but Newsquest needs to work flexibly with the union on a number of fronts, including acceptable redundancy terms for those at risk.”
It is also understood the art desk and production department of a regional publisher bought by Newsquest last year were shut down before Christmas with the loss of 19 jobs.
Newsquest Scotland has reportedly closed the former departments of Romanes Media Group in Clydebank and Greenock, which housed its art desk and sub-editing operations, while its credit control and accountancy departments in Greenock are also thought to have also been closed, with the loss of a further four jobs.
The art desk and production staff are understood to have worked their last day on 30 November, after a consultation process which initially began in August.
Newsquest purchased the Romanes group for £15.2m in May, and the company announced plans to close the former Romanes production department in Berkshire two months later with the loss of up to seven jobs.
Staff in Scotland were told of the consultation in August in an internal memo, seen by HTFP, from Clyde and Forth Press managing director Graham Morrison.
It read: “In order to improve operational efficiency and capitalise on the synergies which exist between our business and the wider Newsquest group, it is proposed that the activities of both departments are transferred to centralised functions. As a result of these proposals, job roles in both departments are at risk of redundancy.”
Graham has since been promoted to MD of Newsquest Scotland following the retirement of Tim Blott.
Newsquest has yet to respond to HTFP’s request for a comment on the Romanes job losses.