Three jobs under threat at Teesside Evening Gazette

Three journalism jobs are under threat at the Evening Gazette in Teesside after owner Trinity Mirror announced plans to switch to a single edition.

It comes two months after an editorial restructure that resulted in the loss of three senior news editors, two sub-editors and a senior picture desk role.

Trinity has announced plans to introduction new ‘production workflows’in light of ‘continuing economic challenges and to better position the business for the future”, which would result in the likely loss of three editorial jobs.

A spokesman said: ‘The company has entered into a period of consultation with all affected staff and it is hoped that as many of the redundancies as possible can be achieved by voluntary means.”

Earlier this week Trinity announced that seven jobs could go at its North East arm ncjMedia, weeks after it revealing that eight editorial posts were being cut at the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

It also closed loss-making title the Blyth and Cramlington Extra, again citing the ‘continuing economic challenges”.

Evening Gazette editor Darren Thwaites is leaving the paper next month to take up editorship of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, following the departure of Paul Robertson after eight years at the helm.

Peter Montellier, the deputy editor of The Journal in Newcastle, has been named interim acting editor.

Last week Trinity announced a drop in both revenue – down 2.9 per cent to £371m – and operating profit, down 23.7 per cent to £47.1m, in the first half of the year.

The regional newspaper group reported operating profit down 36.3 per cent to £18.4m on revenue down 1.8 per cent to £149.1m, and the company has also increased its annual cost savings target by £10m to £25m for 2011.

The latest ABC figure for the Gazette shows average daily circulation of 40,656, down 7.5 per cent year on year.

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