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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Restructure threatens print jobs
Printing press - generic
The company is evaluating how many jobs will be lost
A regional newspaper group's plans to close four of its printing presses is likely to lead to some job losses, the company has warned.

Northcliffe Newspapers has confirmed it is considering the future of its older presses in Exeter, Grimsby, Hull and Lincoln as part of structural changes.

The closure of the sites is part of a two-year programme to help the company save about 20m a year.

A new facility will be opened at Elsham Wold, North Lincolnshire, in 2007.

Northcliffe Newspapers, one of the largest regional publishers in the UK, employs about 200 people at the four sites.

Losses 'inevitable'

Consultations with staff are ongoing and it is not clear how many jobs in Hull, Grimsby and Lincoln could be switched to the new facility near Brigg.

A spokesman for the company told BBC News: "We are currently evaluating numbers and where any job losses might come from.

"I think it is inevitable there will be job losses as a result of any closures, especially as the new plant (in North Lincolnshire) is more efficient."

The company, which is part of the Daily Mail group, owns the Grimsby and Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph newspapers, the Hull Daily Mail, the Lincolnshire Echo and the Exeter Express and Echo.

It plans to invest about 100m in the next three years, the bulk of which will be spent on the new North Lincolnshire site.

Managing Director Michael Pelosi said the restructuring plans would allow the company to continue its commitment to producing high quality regional newspapers with strong editorial content.

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