Three newspapers to close as publisher sheds jobs

NEARLY 70 jobs and three newspapers are to be shed at a West Midlands publisher after it announced a restructure to the business.

Trinity Mirror Midlands, which publishes the Birmingham Post and Mail, Coventry Telegraph and associated weeklies and websites, is to cut 38 editorial roles and a further 11 in its advertising departments.

The proposals include plans for the various Trinity Mirror Midlands titles “to work more closely together and for more effective sharing of resources ” across the region, it said in a statement.

In editorial, the changes will see the establishment of a regional production hub involving content editors from both Birmingham and Coventry, a new regional features unit for entertainment and lifestyle stories and the merging of some specialist reporter roles.

The changes are expected to result in a reduction in headcount of approximately 38 editorial roles across the Midlands businesses.

A restructure of the advertising departments will see more cross-regional working and a net reduction of a further 11 positions.

Trinity Mirror Midlands has also announced plans to close free weekly titles the Chase Post, Stafford Post and the Sutton News with the final editions being published this week.

This will result in seven editorial redundancies and 10 advertising job losses.

Trinity Mirror has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff.

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