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Gannett Lays Off 700 Newspaper Employees

This is bad. Poynter just reported that Gannett is laying off 700 of its newspaper employees, which represents about two percent of the company’s workforce. In a memo to staffers, Gannett’s Bob Dickey, the head of its Publishing Division, explained that cost-cutting measures haven’t worked well enough, and that employees will be hearing about their future soon:

Publishers will notify people today and we will make every effort to reach everyone by end of day. It is important to note that these decisions do not reflect individual performance and we thank and respect those employees for their work. We will do everything we can to help them and to minimize the impact on our other employees going forward. In an effort to reduce the number of people being let go, there will be furloughs in the coming months but they will be limited only to those on the USCP corporate payroll who make over a certain salary. You will be notified by your publisher if you are among this group.

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More Furloughs for Gannett Newspaper Employees

Gannett Co., the country’s largest newspaper publishing company, is ordering employees at 81 newspapers to take a week off without pay. This marks the third year in a row that Gannett workers have been subject to furloughs. The move is designed to avoid further layoffs. The company has already eliminated over one thousand jobs since 2007.

“This was, quite frankly, an option I had hoped we could avoid,” Bob Dickey, head of the company’s U.S. Community Publishing division, said in a memo to employees. “Furloughs, while difficult, do allow us to protect jobs. The staff reductions we have taken over the past few years have been very hard and further reductions are not our first preference. ”

Dickey himself is subject to the furlough, which must be taken by March 27.

California newspapers affected by the furloughs include The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, The Salinas Californian, the Tulare Advance-Register, and the Visalia Times-Delta.

Gannett Employees To Take Unpaid Furloughs

In order to prevent further layoffs, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, Gannett Co., announced yesterday that workers will be required to take a week off without pay.  According to the AP, these furloughs apply to 17,000 staffers at the 81 papers in Gannett’s U.S. community publishing division.  Employees at USA Today and the Detroit Free Press will not be asked to take any time off and the temporary leave of absence will, for now, affect only non-union workers.

Gannett has ordered furloughs in each of the previous two years and currently employs about 35,000 people — a major drop-off from 46,000 at the end of 2007. While TV, web, and print advertising has risen in recent months, newspapers are struggling to compete with cheaper, more efficient digital options.  Head of Gannett’s community publishing division Bob Dickey expressed his dismay for the furloughs in a companywide memo:

The staff reductions we have taken over the past few years have been very hard and further reductions are not our first preference.

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Layoffs Coming At Gannett

gannett.pngReports are swirling that USA TODAY publisher Gannett Co. will be laying off a large number of employees soon.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the company will cut 1,000 and 2,000 of its 41,500 employees. The layoffs will come from Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing division, consisting of its 80+ daily newspapers, and USA TODAY will not be affected, the Journal added. The New York Times points out that Gannett’s U.S. and British newspaper divisions have cut more than 10,000 jobs in 2007 and 2008, which includes about 2,000 layoffs this past fall.

In May, our sister blog MediaJobsDaily reported exclusively that USA TODAY had laid off three ad sales reps in its New York office and one in Chicago on May 13. Gannett has also made other cost-cutting measures this year, saving $20 million through furloughs in the first quarter and requiring most of its employees to take a second furlough before June. Apparently such measures were not enough to avoid additional layoffs during the second half of 2009.

We’ll keep you posted as this story develops. But we have a feeling this bad news may come down on Thursday afternoon or Friday when all the world is already on vacation for the Fourth of July.

Update: Gawker has published an internal memo from Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing division president Bob Dickey, which states that about 1,400 people will be losing their jobs and announcements should be coming down on July 9.