A deputy editor and head of content are set to lose their jobs – along with two photographers – in a fresh round of cutbacks at two sister dailies.
Newsquest has confirmed that the roles of Francesca Winrow, left, and Helen Brown have been put at risk of redundancy following a review of the Lancashire Telegraph’s structure.
A similar restructure has taken place at the Bolton News, with deputy editor Lynn Ashwell and a staff photographer’s job put under threat.
In her role as head of content, Francesca had been responsible for running much of the Blackburn-based Telegraph’s day-to-day operation prior to the arrival of new editor Steven Thompson in July.
Before Steven’s appointment, the paper had not had a dedicated editor since the departure of Kevin Young in July 2015 – with Newsquest North West group editor Ian Savage dividing his time between Bolton and Blackburn.
Ian retains the group editor title but has relinquished direct responsibility for the Telegraph since Steven’s appointment, with the latter reporting directly to Newsquest North West managing director Nick Fellows.
A Newsquest spokesman said: “Due to the ongoing changes in our industry we continue to review our structures. Regrettably, these proposals have placed two roles at the Lancashire Telegraph at risk of redundancy.
“Following a further review at another of our North-West titles, two roles at the Bolton News are now also at risk of redundancy.”
Last year Newsquest announced a restructure of its photographic operation in the North-West of England, with two roles put at risk of redundancy as a result.
The previous year deputy editor Alan Simpson and picture editor Neil Johnson were among the Telegraph staff made redundant in an earlier round of cutbacks.