LONDON Britain's Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph broadsheets, is cutting jobs by outsourcing more of its sub-editing and page production to a third party agency, the company said on Tuesday.
The group, which has been owned by British businessmen David and Frederick Barclay since 2004, said the domestic news agency the Press Association would produce some of the broadsheets' print pages in northern England.
"This will result in some roles at the Telegraph's offices in London being carried out at a dedicated Telegraph production unit at the PA's offices in Howden, Yorkshire," a Telegraph spokeswoman said in a statement.
Sources at the company said the number of roles on its sub-editing desk would be cut by about 20, leaving a small team in London.
British newspapers are suffering from a drop in circulation and a slump in advertising demand as more marketing spend goes to internet groups like Facebook and Google.
The Guardian broadsheet told its staff recently to expect more job losses this year as "trading conditions remain tough".
Telegraph Media Group said, however, that it would invest a further 500,000 pounds into its premium digital content, which it has put behind a pay wall.
It said it would create 12 new journalist roles to produce more content in politics, sport, and video and audio output.
(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Kate Holton)