Newspaper group Media Wales has announced the closure of its office in Pontypridd as part of further cut backs. Journalists working on the three local papers - Pontypridd Observer, Rhondda Leader and Cynon Valley Leader currently working out of that office will in future be working from head office in Cardiff or from home.
They also plan to close offices in Bridgend and Merthyr. There will be a total of five advertising and administrative jobs lost. The group stress that none of the papers will be going out of production.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell said
"It is unfortunate that local news will become even more remote from the people, and I trust that it will not disappear altogether. We already have a situation where the three local papers have had staff cutbacks to the point where the Council employs more journalists than Media Wales do.
"The three local papers have lost much of their individual identity in recent years despite the sterling efforts of the reporters involved. This, combined with the increase in price, and the fact that many people are now getting their news online rather than in hard copy is bound to have an effect on sales and income.
"I hope that the excellent coverage of local events political and otherwise will not be affected by having reporters based elsewhere."