Recent layoff roundup
Every few months inVocus details the layoffs going on in the media industry as a means to show and report the regular shake-ups that impact news organizations across the country. The last couple of months show a number of layoffs happening, but it’s par for the course as the industry continues to struggle, evolve and innovate.
- Gatehouse Media corporate parent New Media Investment Group, which recently acquired the Providence Journal, made layoffs earlier this week, 22 of which were members of the Providence Newspaper Guild, reported Rhode Island Public Radio. Cuts included longtime metro columnist Bob Kerr and reporter Tom Morgan.
- Only yesterday, USA Today cut roughly 60 to 70 jobs, with approximately half coming from the newsroom, or 8 percent of the newsroom staff, USAToday.com reported. According to JimRomenesko.com, those eliminated included health and wellness reporter Michelle Healy, behavior and relationship reporter Sharon Jayson, books reporter Bob Minzesheimer, special products copy chief William Coon, as well as Travel editor in chief Veronica Stoddart and Pop Candy columnist Whitney Matheson. Additionally, Sports pages editor Liza Koon, page designer Abby Westcott, pop music critic Edna Gunersen, copy editor Craig Bennett and assistant entertainment editor Korina Lopez, also reportedly were among those laid off.
- Last week, TheWrap.com reported that roughly 550 buyouts were expected at Turner Broadcasting, with a large number coming from CNN and HLN. If not taken, then layoffs will reportedly ensue. The news comes after it was announced that Turner would undergo corporate restructuring. According to TheWrap.com, HLN has struggled with ratings while CNN has done fine in ratings during breaking, national news but is ranked further behind Fox News than it would prefer.
- Walt Disney is planning to sell 23 of its radio stations in major markets that include New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, reported LATimes.com, 22 of which are AM stations. The majority of radio content will go digital, while an expected 200 people will be laid off. The stations are slated to go quiet Sept. 26.
- Bloomberg Media recently announced its intention to cancel “Political Capital with Al Hunt” and lay off 15 television and print employees from its D.C. bureau, Politico.com reported. The layoffs are focusing on the D.C. production staff since those positions are moving to the New York office.
- Earlier last month, Metro US, owner of Metro Philadelphia, purchased City Paper, an alt-weekly in Philadelphia. As part of the deal, PhillyMag.com reported several staffers were laid off, including publisher Nancy Stuski. Meanwhile, the Nashua Telegraph closed its statehouse bureau in early August, laying off Kevin Landrigan. Additionally, the Boston Business Journal reported that the Boston Globe released a memo to employees around the same time citing intentions to offer voluntary buyouts that would lead to layoffs if too few people took the buyouts.
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