As previously reported, around 15 jobs were at risk at the company’s Essex, Kent and Surrey titles as a result of plans to create county-wide websites covering each of the three patches in place of the current newspaper companion sites.
Although all existing print titles will continue to be published, the plans also entailed a reduction in the number of individual title editors.
It has now been announced that Essex Chronicle editor Paul Dent Jones, above, Kent and Sussex Courier editor Roger Kasper, and Kent Regional News and Media senior editor Rebecca Smith are all leaving the business.
Their posts are being combined with those of other title editors in four newly-created ‘brands editor’ roles with responsibility for all print operations within their areas as well as the new county-wide websites.
It means Alan Woods, editor of the Brentwood Gazette, will now have additional responsibility for the Chronicle as brands editor, Essex.
In Kent, Luke Jacobs moves from the role of digital development editor, Kent Regional News and Media, to become brands editor, Kent.
And in Surrey, Surrey Mirror editor Deanne Blaylock becomes brands editor, Surrey while Andrew Worden, editor of the Croydon Advertiser, is named brands editor, Croydon.
Ceri Gould, recently appointed as editor-in-chief for the South East division, said: “I would like to warmly thank Roger, Rebecca and Paul for the important roles they have played in bringing the business to its current standing.
“The titles and sites they have edited are held in the highest regard and that is full credit to them.”
TM said in a statement that replacement of the multi-title web structure by key websites in Essex, Kent and Croydon will “support the business objective to increase audience growth significantly and allow the newsrooms to focus on delivering quality digital and print content.”
It said the brands editors will lead a digital-first strategy and will also be responsible for the print portfolio.
The moves bring to ten the number of editors who have left or are shortly due to leave TM in the recent round of restructures.
The others are: Paul Brackley (Cambridge News), Kevin Booth (Leicester Mercury), Neil White (Derby Telegraph), Dave Atkin (Scunthorpe Telegraph), Rob Stokes (Western Daily Press), Lynne Fernquest (Bath Chronicle) and John Butterworth (Black Country Bugle).
Five of the seven have been or are being replaced, with Gavin Thompson appointed as the new editor of the Western Daily Press last week and Steve Hall due to replace Neil at Derby later this month.
New editors for the Cambridge and Leicester titles are also to be appointed shortly while the company is currently advertising for a new editor for Bath.
The Kent and Essex titles were all previously part of Local World and were acquired by Trinity Mirror as part of its £220m takeover of the business last November.
In a trading update earlier this year, TM said it would be seeking up to £12m in “synergy savings” as a result of the acquisition.