Two senior editors in Johnston Press have been placed on notice of redundancy and a third has abruptly left his post.
Peter Charlton, editor of the Yorkshire Post, and Paul Napier, editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, have been told the company plans to combine their roles into that of a single editor covering both titles.
The move follows the sudden departure of Lancashire Evening Post editor Simon Reynolds yesterday amid similar proposals in the North-West region as Johnston Press undertakes a radical reshaping of the editorial structure of its daily and weekly newspapers across England.
Media website HoldthefrontPage reports that it is expected that further changes will take place across the group as part of chief executive Ashley Highfield's plans to move the company forward through digital.
Helen Oldham, managing director of Johnston Press West Yorkshire publishing unit, announced in a statement: “As part of the overall objective of creating a more efficient management structure, we are proposing to make the following change:
“The roles of editor of the Yorkshire Post and editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post will be combined into a single role with responsibility for both titles. We are in consultation with both Peter Charlton and Paul Napier and further announcements will be made in due course. ”
The deputy editor roles at the Evening Post, the Gazette and the Wigan Evening Post are also being scrapped.