A report from the National Union of Journalists claims that eight un-named weekly newspapers in the region could be dropped by Trinity Mirror as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
But Chris Bullivant, owner of Bullivant Media, has admitted he would be keen to discuss the future ownership of titles which did not clash with those he already owns.
Mr Bullivant – who unsuccessfully tried to buy the entire Midlands portfolio from Trinity Mirror when it was on the market in 2007 – told the NUJ:
“I would love to take part in negotiations over the future of those titles in the Midlands that Trinity Mirror wants to close that aren’t in conflict with our existing publications. We would undertake to save the jobs of as many staff as possible, given that the newspapers were viable. We would even consider allowing Trinity Mirror to keep the contracts for printing and distributing the titles ? which would have considerable benefit for their workforce.”