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Proposals put forward by Archant Norfolk, including the creation of a new digital department, could lead to up to 20 job losses in the editorial department, the regional publisher announced today.

In a statement Archant said it had launched a 30 day staff consultation on the proposals, which also include a "greater focus on weekly titles" and an increase in the number of reporters operating "on-patch".

No more detail could be given on the proposals by Archant at this time.

The publisher's Norfolk division produces daily titles the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, as well as 10 weekly paid-for and free newspaper titles including the Great Yarmouth Mercury and North Norfolk News.

The publisher said a number of new roles will be created to help the editorial team achieve the proposals and added no reporter jobs will be lost.

In a statement James Foster, editorial director of Archant Norfolk said there is a need to create "a flexible and digitally aware department".

"We have striven to propose changes which allow us to invest more in our digital operation and at the same time address our costs by making efficiencies in the way we produce and process our newspapers."

This follows the news earlier this month that Archant Norfolk would be one of three divisions, along with Archant Suffolk and Archant Herts and Cambs, to be merged into a single entity, Archant Anglia.

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