Saturday, March 21, 2009

McClatchy Reports 1,241 in Layoffs and Staff Cuts, Far Short of Goal of 1,600

McClatchy previously announced it would trim its national workforce by 1,600. It is more than halfway to its goal, as at least 1.241 positions have been announced as recently cut by individual newspapers in the chain.

There is one daily newspaper left, the Charlotte Observer. In addition, there are about 40 weeklies that may or may not be included in these totals. That leaves a couple possibilities.

1. The Charlotte paper will lay off about 350 people. That's highly unlikely.
2. The weeklies will make up the difference. That's highly unlikely as well.
3. The executives and accountants will figure they had done enough cutting for a while and leave it alone after the Charlotte paper makes its move.
4. There will be more cuts coming.

If anyone knows of any business-side cuts that are unreported, email me.

The Miami Herald figures include those laid off at El Nuevo Herald. There hasn't been a breakdown between the papers, but one of the consequences of the cuts has been that executive editor Humberto Castelló resigned after seven years in the job, and managing editor Tony Espetia retired after 40 years in the business.

Here is a rundown:

* Miami Hearld, 205 positions, including 175 people.
* Kansas City Star said it would let go about 150 people.
* The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said it would let go 130 people.
* The Sacramento Bee said it would cut 128 people.
* The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which has laid off 20 employees and reduced wages 9.1 percent, effective May 4. An additional 58 were lost when it moving printing operations.
* The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., 78 people.
* Fresno (Calif.) Bee, 63 people.
* Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, 58 people.
*Anchorage Daily News, 45 people.
* The Modesto (Calif.) Bee, 40 people, including the 11 announced on March 10.
* State Media Co., of South Carolina, eliminated 38 people.
*Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, 30 people.
* The News Tribune, in Tacoma, Wash., 30 people.
*Idaho Statesman of Boise, Idaho, 25 people.
* Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, 20 people.
* The Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette and The Island Packet in Hilton Head, S.C., let 17 people go.
* Bradenton (Fla.) Herald 15 people.
* The Olympian, in Olympia, Wash., 15 people.
* The Wichita Eagle cut 14 people.
* Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, 14 people.
* The Sun-Star, Los Banos Enterprise and Chowchilla News in California released 10 people.
* The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald let go 10 people.
* Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald, nine people.
* The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, Calif., will lay off seven people.
* The Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald will lay off six people.
* The Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., released three people.
* The Tri-City Herald of Kennewick, Wash., released three people.

A good source for McClatchy information is, which is on top of these layoffs and more.

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