Since then the company has been embarked on a process of integrating the former LW titles within its regional business, at the same time as continuing to refine its ‘digital first’ approach in its existing newsrooms.
Around 75 editorial roles across the country have so far either been lost or been placed at risk, while seven former LW editors have either left or announced they are leaving.
Here’s a timeline of how the story has unfolded as covered on HoldtheFrontPage.
* 28 October 2015. Trinity Mirror takes full control of Local World in £220m deal hailed as “transformative” by CEO Simon Fox. Read more.
* 17 December 2015. Trinity Mirror announces it has begun the process of integrating LW within its regional business. Read more.
* 14 January 2016. Local World’s ‘weird news’ platform Quirker becomes the first casualty of the takeover as it is axed after seven months. Read more.
* 22 January 2016. Jon-Paul Hedge of the Exeter Express & Echo becomes the first former LW editor to leave the combined business. Read more.
* 8 February 2016. A new editorial structure for the combined business is unveiled with the appointment of six new regional editors-in-chief. Read more.
* 8 February 2016. Up to 25 photographic roles are placed at risk at former LW titles in the East Midlands and South East. Read more.
* 13 April 2016. Cambridge News editor Paul Brackley announces he is leaving after seven years in the role. Read more.
* 22 April 2016. Neil White announces he will step down after four years as Derby Telegraph editor. Read more.
* 25 April 2016. Around 14 jobs are placed at risk at former LW titles in Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire with 13 websites to be merged into three. Read more.
* 5 May 2016. Trinity Mirror reveals it is targeting £12m in ‘synergy savings’ from the LW integration process. Read more.
* 6 May 2016. Nuneaton News to go from daily to weekly with four jobs lost while another four are placed at risk in South Wales. Read more.
* 26 May 2016. At least 15 more jobs set to go in Essex, Kent, Surrey, Liverpool, North Wales and Birmingham. Read more.
* 27 May 2016. Features roles are placed at risk at the Leicester Mercury with the reigning regional Feature Writer of the Year among those under threat. Read more.
* 14 June 2o16. Three more weekly editors – Paul Dent Jones, Roger Kasper and Rebecca Smith – to leave the business as new editorial structure is unveiled in Essex, Kent and Surrey. Read more.