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Around 35 jobs at risk as publisher shuts print plant

Around 35 jobs are at risk after a regional publisher revealed the closure of one of its four print plants.

Reach plc has confirmed its Teesside print site, pictured, will shut in a move it says will help to “protect the long-term health of our business”.

HTFP understands that most titles produced at the plant, including the Teesside Gazette, will now be printed from Reach’s Oldham site instead.

Newcastle dailies The Chronicle and The Journal will be printed at its Cardonald plant, in Glasgow.

Reach Teesside

It is understood printing of the South Wales Evening Post, South Wales Echo and Western Mail is also set to move from Oxford to Reach’s other remaining plant in Watford.

The changes come two years after Reach closed its print sites in Luton and Birmingham, a move which put up to 150 jobs under threat.

A Reach spokesperson told HTFP: “After careful consideration and full consultation with those of our colleagues whose roles have been impacted we are now progressing with the closure of our Teesside print site.

‚ÄúThis decision has not been taken lightly but as part of our ongoing transformation, we continue to need to be agile in how we respond to changes in the market, in order to protect the long-term health of our business.”