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Community news jobs go at former Archant titles

A fresh redundancy programme at some of the former Archant titles bought by Newsquest two years ago has resulted in the loss of editorial roles in the community and print production teams.

At least five jobs have gone in the community news team covering the Eastern Daily Press and its Norfolk and Suffolk sister titles while two print production roles have been combined into one.

Archant's Norwich headquarters

The Norwich headquarters of the former Archant titles, now owned by Newsquest

The most senior departure as a result of the redundancies was that of Stuart Anderson, community editor of the North Norfolk News and Dereham & Fakenham Times, whose last day was 29th December.

In a post on LinkedIn, Stuart thanked colleagues for a “great send-off” and revealed he’ll be “starting something new” in the New Year.

Others who are known to have left the business include community news specialist Judy Rimmer, community content reporter Liz Rippington and visual curator Sarah Ravencroft.

Newsquest has declined to comment or give further information about the redundancy programme, which was announced to staff in early December.

The team was previously reponsible for compiling the letters pages and various listings as well as commmunity news.

In addition to the community team, a redundancy process was initiated in the senior print team but was called off when two of the senior page finishers agreed to job share from this month.

A third member of the same team, print editor Adam Lazzari, left last year to become media adviser for the East region for the National Union of Farmers.