The number of jobs set to be lost in changes to Reach plc’s print production operation could be as high as 41, the company has confirmed.
HTFP revealed yesterday that up to six roles are set to be lost at Reach’s seven Midlands dailies – the Birmingham Mail, Burton Mail, Coventry Telegraph, Derby Telegraph, Leicester Mercury, Nottingham Post and Stoke-on-Trent daily The Sentinel – amid plans to merge print production across the region into a single operation.
But now the company has now confirmed the same model is set to be introduced across the country – with potentially 41 jobs being put at risk as a result.
Reach has declined to give a regional breakdown of where the roles are likely to be lost, but in addition to the six Midlands roles reported by HTFP yesterday, Press Gazette has reported that eight roles at risk are based in the North-West of England, with a further eight in the South-East.
The remaining 19 roles are likely to be split across Reach’s other operating regions, namely Wales, the South West and the North East.
Reach Midlands editor-in-chief Marc Reeves has told staff he hoped the cuts in that region could be achieved entirely through voluntary redundancies but it is not clear whether this also applies to the other regions.
A Reach spokesman said: “Our investment in rolling out a common system allows us to introduce a common production model across Regionals editorial.
“This means regional teams will now work more closely together than ever before, which enables us to refine our workflows.
“Our priority is to focus on our long-term success and we believe this will strengthen our ability to deliver first class content to our print and digital audiences.
“These proposals mean a potential reduction of up to 41 roles across Reach Regionals and we have begun consultation with all colleagues affected.”