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The Star-Ledger Cuts 167 Jobs

Well, this is depressing. Advance Publications’ The Star-Ledger is cutting about 167 jobs, including 25 percent of its newsroom.

The layoffs will mean the paper will be out 40 of its 156 reporters, editors, photographers and other various staffers.

According to NJ.com, the massive layoffs were not surprising:

The cuts were not unexpected, with the announcement last week of the creation of a new media company—NJ Advance Media—which is to provide content, advertising and marketing services to all the newspapers owned by Advance Publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Sales and marketing functions of the new company will launch in June, with content operations to begin in September, according to executives.

Even with the consolidation and cuts at the Star-Ledger, the paper  —  along with the others impacted, including The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times and The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania — will continue to publish each day.

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Advance Publications Names Mergers & Acquisitions Head

Muriel Malka has been named the new head of mergers and acquisitions at Advance Publications. Malka comes to Advance from NBCUniversal, where she worked as senior vice president of corporate strategy and development for the past 12 years.

Prior to her time at NBCUniversal, Malka worked with Merrill Lynch on international mergers.

Per a press release, at Advance Malka “will focus on identifying and executing transactions that will accelerate expansion into fast-growing sectors or sustain the growth of existing businesses.”

How Advance’s Newspapers Dealt with Cutbacks

Advance Publications is cutting back production at four of its newspapers. The largest is New Orleans’ The Times-Picayune, but Alabama’s The Press-Register, The Huntington Times and The Birmingham News are all going to cut back to publishing only three times a week. It’s sad not only because communities depend on their local papers, but also because staffers will surely be dropped as a result of Advance’s announcement.

So how did the papers deal with it? Below a look at the front pages of the Times-Picayune, the Press-Register, the Huntington Times and the Birmingham News.

The Times-Picayune went big, with four out of the five stories dealing with the reduction.

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Condé’s Advance Publications Opens Corporate Development SVP Role for Andrew Siegel

After stints at GE and Yahoo! Andrew Siegel will be joining Advance Publications‘s mergers and acquisitions department as the new SVP of corporate development.  WWD’s John Koblin reports that Advance welcomed Siegel on the same day Discovery Communications bought back $500 million worth of stock from them.  Siegel will have plenty of funds to play with and, according to advance.net chairmen Steven Newhouse, will be tasked with advancing the publisher’s digital strategy:

Because of his digital experience at Yahoo, he’s particularly well-suited to do deals in that space, and there are a lot of opportunities to do deals that might benefit Condé Nast.

Although Siegel has no print publishing experience he has filled similar roles as head of corporate development at GE and Yahoo!.  In his time at Yahoo!, Siegel was the point man on the acquisitions of Associated Content and Citizen Sports.  He will begin work at Advance on Jan. 3.

First On FBNY: Parade Editor Janice Kaplan Out

Screen shot 2010-02-03 at 11.23.12 AM.pngFishbowlNY has learned that Parade‘s editor-in-chief, Janice Kaplan has left the magazine.

Although a good-bye memo to staff seemed to suggest that Kaplan is leaving the weekly magazine on good terms, we have heard that she was asked to leave. The change at the top of the masthead comes after Parade‘s owner Condé Nast appointed a new CEO, Jack Haire, back in April. Since then, the magazine has lost its president, Randy Siegel, who left to run local digital strategy for parent company Advance Publications last month and got a new publisher, Brett Wilson this fall.

Kaplan, an author and former deputy editor at TV Guide magazine, joined Parade four years ago as executive editor and took over the role of editor-in-chief two years ago.

In her letter to her staff, Kaplan praised Parade‘s growth in the years since she’s been in charge, highlighting its celebrity coverage, increase medical coverage, and high profile guest writers. She also talked about the magazine’s expansion into other platforms, including TV and the Web. “Leaving now, I extend my warm thanks to everyone who contributed to our many triumphs,” she said, adding: “I’m disappointed not to have the opportunity to continue this great run. But I wish all of you — and Parade — continued success.”

Read all of Kaplan’s note, after the jump

We have reached out to Parade for comment but have not yet heard back. We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.

Previously: Parade Names New Publisher

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Parade President To Direct Local Strategy For Advance Publications

randy_siegel.jpgRandy Siegel, the president of Parade magazine publisher Parade Publications, has been named president of local digital strategy for Advance Publications, the parent company of Parade and Condé Nast.

In his new role, Siegel will be working with the company’s local digital division, Advance Internet, and Advance’s newspapers, including The Star-Ledger in New Jersey and The Staten Island Advance.

Siegel has worked for Parade since 2001, joining the company from The Washington Post Co. He has also written for newspapers around the country and is publishing a children’s book this fall.

Full release after the jump

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Star-Ledger Gets New Publisher

star.jpgNobody can say that New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger has made it out of this economic crisis unscathed. Far from it.

In the past 18 months it’s lost 200 staffers from buyouts, implemented pay cuts and decreased benefits and, as of September, lost its editor Jim Willse.

Now Star-Ledger‘s publisher, George Arwady, will be leaving the paper to go to work for The Republican in Springfield, Mass., which is also owned by the Star-Ledger‘s parent company, Advance Publications (which also owns Condé Nast). Meanwhile, The Star-Ledger‘s new publisher will be Rich Vezza, president of Penn-Jersey Advance Newspapers.

Arwardy said of his successor, “He’s a real Jersey guy…a straight-shooter with a great sense of humor who will fit in well here.”

Full memo from Arwardy after the jump.

Read More: Star-Ledger publisher’s memo to staff — Romenesko

Larry McDermott, publisher of The Republican, announces retirement –Masslive.com

Previously: Star-Ledger Editor Set To Retire, Star-Ledger Cuts Salaries, Benefits

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Star-Ledger Editor Set To Retire

star-ledger logo.jpgIt’s been a challenging year The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest circulation daily paper.

One year ago, the paper, owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications, shed more than 200 staffers through buyouts in order to keep the publication afloat. Yesterday, Jim Willse, the editor who has led the Star-Ledger for the last 15 years, announced he will retire next month. Managing Editor Kevin Whitmer will be succeeding him, Willse said.

In addition the buyouts last year, the Star-Ledger also implemented pay cuts and decreased payments for health care benefits just a few months ago.

While the paper has been dealing with these set backs, its former employees have been cooking up some competition for the Star-Ledger. In April, a group of employees who had taken buyouts last year launched a local news Web site, NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Star-Ledger Editor Jim Willse announces retirement, names successorThe Star-Ledger

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Editor & Publisher: Newhouse-owned Advance Publications said it will no longer uphold a pledge not to lay off newspaper staffers for economic conditions or technological advances. The company will extend the pledge for six more months, then there might be layoffs. This comes after Advance offered more than 200 buyouts at the Newark Star Ledger last year and implemented furloughs for remaining staffers.

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