Journalists at a group of weeklies are set to move more than 20 miles away as a result of their office closing, with three production jobs under threat in the same region.
Staff at Trinity Mirror-owned Mid Somerset News & Media have been informed of proposals to shut their Wells office, with all staff being moved to the home of the Western Gazette, at the Yeovil Innovation Centre.
The Wells Journal, one of the six titles affected, has had an office in the town since its foundation in 1851
In a separate move, the company has also entered a consultation with three journalists based in Bath after announcing plans to create a Somerset production hub in Yeovil.
The Frome Standard’s own town centre office closed in May, with the staff based there relocated to Wells.
According to Google Maps, the 22 miles between Wells and Yeovil represents a 40 minute journey without traffic disruptions.
The distance between Bath and Yeovil is 38 miles, and takes more than an hour by car.
A statement from Trinity Mirror reads: “We have today announced proposals to close our Wells office and move staff here to our bigger base in Yeovil.
“Separately, we are also consolidating the news print production unit in Somerset, with plans for all staff to be based in Yeovil. This will see three roles move from Bath to Yeovil and staff affected by this have entered a period of consultation.
“We are operating in a challenging environment and these changes are necessary in order to ensure a sustainable future and to continue serving local audiences.”
In June, Trinity Mirror merged the websites of its eight Somerset titles into a single online platform called Somerset Live.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, the same day that Bede MacGowan, who edited the six titles, was due to leave the company.
Bede is taking up a new role as online editor with Select Science, a global online publisher working with scientists and manufacturers across the world to “make the future healthier.”