Two journalists working on a weekly newspaper revived just last month are among five editorial staff at risk in the latest cutbacks by a regional publisher.
HTFP understands three newsdesk positions at the regional daily will be reduced to one under the proposals, while one of two copy editor roles working on associated weekly titles the Darlington & Stockton Times and the Despatch series is also under threat.
Newsquest relaunched the Despatch as a weekly in October, more than 30 years after it was last published as an evening sister title to the Echo.
It is understood affected staff will find out about their roles the week before Christmas.
Elsewhere, Newsquest has also confirmed it is making redundancies in the advertisement creation department at NWN Media in Mold, North Wales.
It is understood 20 roles are at risk at NWN, which the company purchased in September, with production being moved to Oxford.
The latest plans come after HTFP reported yesterday that Newsquest is planning to shut the office of the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, in Cirencester, while four jobs are also at risk in the South-West of England.
The company has also opened a voluntary redundancy scheme at the Isle of Wight County Press, which it purchased in July.
But Newsquest insists the announcements are individual business decisions taken locally, rather than part of an ongoing group-wide programme of cutbacks.
A spokesman said: “We continue to look for ways to run our business more efficiently in order to ensure that our titles have a sustainable cost structure for the future.
“Due to advancements in technology, many of these efficiency savings will be made in content management and editorial production roles. Whilst this is regrettable, it means we can continue to invest in front line reporters and content generators which are central to the continued success of our publishing business.”