Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Jobs under threat at Sheffield Star, Doncaster Free Press and Derbyshire Times

More jobs could go at South Yorkshire newspapers, it has been confirmed.

Johnston Press said two photographer roles and six full-time production roles in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands were under threat.

The Sheffield Star, the Doncaster Free Press and the Derbyshire Times could all be affected.

On Friday, the company said 19 jobs may be lost under plans to merge the editorial operation of the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post.

David Cammiode, chief operating officer at Johnston Press, said: "The company will consult extensively on an individual and collective basis... considering all alternatives and endeavouring to mitigate the effects of the proposal through voluntary redundancy and redeployment."

'Too far, too fast'

Lawrence Shaw, of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), said members were meeting to discuss their response to the cuts, which he said were "too far, too fast".

Redundancies would be detrimental to the newspapers' quality, he added.

The consultation period for job losses is expected to run until the end of July 2012.

In May, the Scarborough Evening News and the Halifax Courier, also owned by the newspaper group, moved from daily to weekly editions.

In February, Johnston Press announced it would cease printing the papers at the company headquarters in Leeds.

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