A weekly newspaper’s print plant is facing possible closure with the loss of 28 jobs, with an unspecified number of editorial redundancies also in the pipeline.
Newbury News Limited has announced it is in consultation with its print staff over the potential closure of the Faraday Road plant after two external clients decided to take their business elsewhere.
The company, which also owns the Newbury Weekly News, says it was finding it increasingly hard to compete with larger group-owned plants.
The Newbury Weekly News is also in consultation with staff over possible editorial redundancies although it has declined to give further details.
Newsquest, which bought the County Press earlier this year, has decided it will be printed on its own presses from January.
According to a story on the Weekly News’ companion website, Newbury Today, one option is for the print plant to remain open but with fewer staff.
It said: “One of the options under consideration is to keep the Faraday Road plant live but reduce from a two-shift to one-shift staffing structure.”
The Weekly News is currently printed in-house on the Faraday Road presses. The Newbury Today story said the paper “remains highly viable and will continue to be published as usual.”
Newbury Weekly News editor Andy Murrill has declined to comment further on the potential editorial redundancies. Newsquest has also declined to comment.