Northampton Herald & Post titles under threat

The owners of the free weekly newspaper the Northampton Herald & Post have announced plans which might see the title closed.

Trinity Mirror Newspapers revealed it would either close or sell the title, which is based in Derngate, in the centre of Northampton.

The firm – which is not connected to the Chronicle & Echo – blamed "current difficult trading conditions" for the decision, which would also see the closure of several newspapers in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

It is thought 60 journalist jobs are at risk across the group, although the company was reported as saying it hoped to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Trinity Mirror's regional managing director, Steve Brown, said: "Trinity Mirror Midlands aims to have two core publishing centres, one in Birmingham and one in Coventry, backed up by a network of stand-alone weekly newspapers capable of contributing profitably to regional performance.

"The titles in Northampton and Long Eaton unfortunately do not meet this criteria and, regrettably, we have taken the decision to close them or to seek a sale."

The proposals could also see other Herald & Post titles close across Northamptonshire, including those in Wellingborough, Rushden, Kettering and Corby.

The firm said a 90-day consultation with staff about the plans began yesterday.

A company statement said: "Once implemented, the new editorial structure will require substantially fewer journalists and the company is entering into consultation with staff and their representatives regarding this."