Up to eight editorial jobs are set to be lost in a “digital-first” restructure at two former Local World newspapers which will also see their websites merge.
Trinity Mirror, which bought LW for £220m in November, says the move is being made due to “changing commercial and editorial market conditions” and will see the two titles’ news and what’s on operations combine.
Under the plans, the two titles’ companion websites will merge under the Express & Echo brand, giving a “larger reach and more resilience” for the greater Exeter area.
The print edition of the Express & Echo will retain its bi-weekly publication frequency, while the Gazette will remain weekly.
A Trinity Mirror spokesperson said: “We have announced a proposed restructure of our newsrooms in Mid-Devon and Exeter to continue the progress we have made in becoming digital-first and help revitalise our print products.
“We estimate there could be up to eight editorial redundancies, and a formal consultation process has begun.
“The decision to implement these changes has not been taken lightly and is based on a need to adapt to the changing commercial and editorial market conditions, and provide a structure that gives longer term sustainability.
“We remain committed to delivering the content our audience wants, when they want it, in the region via our print and digital products.”
The announcement comes after it was revealed that the editors of two other former Local World dailies were leaving their roles.