Johnston Press is to delay pay reviews for staff for six months until 2013.
The regional newspaper publisher told staff that the decision was taken due to the uncertain economic climate.
Johnston Press will also give each employee an extra day of annual leave for 2012, and subsequent years, in recognition of the hard work put into newspaper re-launches.
Five of its daily newspapers were re-launched as weeklies in April 2012.
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