Five jobs could go in Archant South West merger

Five production staff could lose their jobs in Archant’s South West division, the company announced this afternoon.

Archant plans to merge “production and planning functions” on its eight weekly papers in the region.

They are currently produced in Weston-super-Mare and Exeter.

Managing director Bernard Driscoll said he hoped most of the staff in Exeter would relocate to Weston-super-Mare – 59 miles away – but four or five jobs are at risk.

A statement said: “The proposal follows an opportunity to increase efficiencies resulting from the investment in a new production workflow system, and the expiry of the lease on part of the Exeter premises.”

A consultation with affected staff began today.

Archant South West recently closed offices in Sidmouth and Exmouth.

This week, the group announced a £22m profit, down 27 per cent year on year.

It also announced that 54 journalists, out of a 179-strong editorial team, could lose their job in its Norfolk division.

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