Trinity Mirror Midlands today announced proposals for a series of changes across its businesses which include the closure of a number of newspaper titles and offices.
It is estimated that there will be approximately 94 redundancies from a number of departments across the Midlands businesses and the company has now entered a period of consultation with all affected staff.
Proposals from the company, which publishes the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury and Coventry Telegraph, include the closure the following titles: Loughborough Trader Xtra; Lichfield Post; Tamworth Times; Burton Trader; Ashby Trader & Echo; Coalville Echo; Walsall Observer.
As a result, the company's Walsall and Burton offices will close.
In the Coventry area, the company is proposing to close the Bedworth Echo, the Rugby Times and two niche publications, the Earlsdon Blog and Farm Ad.
In Birmingham, it is proposed that the Solihull News and Solihull Times will merge.
The company said the changes had come about because of the challenging trading conditions it is currently facing.
A period of consultation with all affected staff has commenced.
Georgina Harvey, Managing Director Trinity Mirror Regionals, commented: “We, in common with all UK publishing companies, are facing some real challenges. As a consequence this will involve difficult decisions but necessary ones to secure our long-term future.
“These actions announced today are designed to protect our Midlands businesses and the majority of their employees. We are seeking volunteers from within affected groups in order to minimise any necessity for compulsory redundancies.
“In addition we are offering the opportunity for staff in other parts of our Midlands businesses not affected by these proposals to volunteer for redundancy.”
As a result of these proposed changes to our portfolio in the Midlands, Trinity Mirror Printing Midlands has undertaken a review in order to sustain the longer term future of the site, with the intention to provide a structure that ensures we remain competitive in a challenging marketplace.
Consequently, TMP Midlands has announced a number of potential redundancies at the Fort Dunlop print site.