The NUJ has described the decision to scrap the editor roles at the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Evening Post as ‘Shocking’.
It was announced in a statement by Helen Oldham, managing director of Johnston Press that, in a bid to create a ‘more efficient management structure’ the roles of the editors at both papers would be combined, with both Peter Charlton and Paul Napier entering into consultation with the company as a result.
Simon Reynolds, editor of the Lancashire Evening Post has also left the company, it was announced, while the deputy editor roles at the Lancashire Evening Post, Blackpool and Wigan would also be lost.
Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said: "This shocking announcement creates a huge amount of insecurity for our members. This cost-cutting programme will do nothing to enhance the quality of content or service to the reader. The local NUJ official has now been invited to meet Helen Oldham and we will be using this opportunity to ask her reconsider these changes which will have consequences for all the staff."
The company has also today announced the decision to scrap the role of editor-in-chief at The Scotsman Publications and the managing director role for Angus County Press.