Trinity Mirror has cut Nuneaton News from a daily newspaper to a weekly run and closed the local office, bringing the headcount down from seven to three.
Remaining staff include a reporter and sports editor/sub editor, to be based at Tamworth in the neighbouring county of Staffordshire, with an additional Nuneaton reporter to be based at the Coventry Telegraph in Coventry.
The Nuneaton office will be vacated and it is thought the final publication would be on Saturday 4 June, the National Union of Journalists reported.
The newspaper serves a borough with a population of 125,000. It was founded 24 years ago as an independent. It was bought by the Iliffe Group and then passed into Local World ownership before Trinity Mirror took over the group last year.
No public announcement had been made by the company and shareholders were unaware of the situation until the NUJ raised the issue with Trinity Mirror during its AGM yesterday (4 May).
It comes the same day as Trinity Mirror will run its final issue of regional newspaper the New Day, after only two months on the market.
Chris Morley, NUJ’s Northern & Midlands organiser, said: “A small but extremely dedicated and motivated editorial team at the Nuneaton News has served the borough faithfully for many years. But within less than a year of Trinity Mirror’s takeover of Local World, this great asset to the community, with its distinctive and original coverage will be broken up and yet one more of the UK’s daily publications will be no more.”