Trinity Mirror Cheshire today announced a major restructure of its newsgathering operation.
The organisation is to launch a revolutionary new editorial operating model, streamlining its production processes to create a centralised hub at its Chester headquarters, providing up-to-the-minute online content for its websites and writing and producing a range of weekly titles across Cheshire.
The restructure, to be implemented in the first quarter of 2009, is in line with similar changes being introduced across the North West by Trinity Mirror. It will lead to four job losses in Cheshire, and the company is committed to achieving the redundancies on a voluntary basis if possible.
Trinity Mirror Cheshire managing director Warren Butcher said: “These changes will enable us to continue to develop the vibrant, entertaining and informative newspaper brands which are at the heart of the communities they serve in Cheshire, while adapting them to the needs of the digital age.”
Cheshire Editor-in-Chief Eric Langton said: “The changes we are implementing are bold and radical, cutting down on editorial management roles and back room production staff but keeping our network of news gatherers and writers as strong and influential as ever.”
“The new operating model will help ensure that readers will continue to get the same quality newspapers which have won many newspaper industry awards – including UK Weekly Newspaper of the Year on four occasions.”
The company is now entering into a period of consultation with affected staff.