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Posts Tagged ‘Terry Horne’

BREAKING: 110 Layoffs At The Register

The Capistrano Insider, written by former Reg editor/reporter Jonathan Volzke, has posted an internal memo indicating the Register cuts will be deeper than initially thought: 110 layoffs, including 30 in the newsroom.

The memo from publisher Terry Horne delivers the bad news:

Orange County Register Communications is reducing our workforce by approximately 110 associates, across the organization. Many associates are being notified today, and this process of notification is expected to be complete by Friday, October 31.

This decision is not a reflection on the work or the contributions of the associates leaving us this week. It is based on a simple, but unfortunate marketplace reality — we must reduce costs. Asking talented people to leave our organization is by far the most difficult part of this process. I hate having to do it, but it’s absolutely necessary.

Amazingly, Horne tries to wrap this life-shattering news in empty platitudes:

Thank you for your resiliency during this challenging time. Leaders thrive in times of uncertainty, and I have the utmost respect for the dedication our leaders display on a daily basis. I appreciate your contributions to our strategy and serving our community.

In other words, you’re out of a job, but you’ve earned Horne’s respect. Congratulations.

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OC Register Considers Going Tabloid

thumbnail-terry-horne.jpgThe Orange County Register has a 50-50 chance of becoming a tabloid, a move Publisher Terry Horne says “every newspaper in the country” will replicate in the next “three to four years.”

The tab, or “compact paper,” as the euphemistic Horne calls it, is just one of 50 initiatives the paper is considering to cut costs. You read that right: 50. Hey, Terry, here’s one way to cut costs: stop paying expensive consultants truckloads of money to come up with bad initiatives.

As the paper’s own story states:

The company previously tested a daily tabloid format with the OC Post, a six-day-a-week “quick-read” paper distributed countywide. The 18-month experiment ended in February when the Post merged with the three-day-a-week Irvine World News. It now is distributed for free in Irvine, one of 23 tabloid-size community weeklies the Register publishes.

Applying a failed experiment to the entire paper? Let us know how that works out for you.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: OC Register Finds “Innovation” In Old, Failed Business Model

19_horne1_large.jpg This very pale man is Terry Horne, publisher of the Orange County Register. You’re not familiar with his face because he’s been hiding it, not only from the sun, but from readers and employees of the Orange County Register.

Well, apparently his seclusion was time well spent. In his first interview since assuming office five months ago, Horne announced a series of changes to help the faltering paper and quite possibly the entire newspaper industry:

Zoning.

Remember that failed business model of the 1980s? Well, it’s back like a smelly pair of sockless loafers, my friend. OCR is dividing local news into “six separate geographic zones.” But this being the aughts, zoning is taking a new, cyber-rific twist:

“That may mean less news in the flagship Register newspaper, while community newspapers expand. A different line up will be offered on the Internet aimed at a younger, tech-savvy audience that doesn’t read newspapers.”

That’s right. There’s now going to be a Cyber-Zone addition to reach all those “younger, tech-savvy” types who took a look at the Register and decided long ago to, um, zone out.

The Orange County Register Hopes You Can Still Be Friends

Business is bad. How bad? So bad that the Orange County Register eliminated the Business section. It also shut down a few publications that have been sucking at its money teat for way too long. Oh, and it’s been putting fewer stories in the paper and shoveling (that’s their actual word, “shoveling”) more stories online. Where no one can find them.

In response to angry readers, publisher Terry Horne did what every person of authority would do after making difficult decisions. He wrote a blog post.

These are all tough things to work through at the same time that a general recession seems to have gripped the economy. I admit we’ve been facing some very difficult decisions. I can understand how many readers can take issue with various steps we’ve taken in recent months. We’ve taken those steps after much discussion, analysis and, frankly, hand wringing. We are trying to preserve jobs so we can continue to gather and distribute important information whether online or in print.

Please don’t credit our decisions to greed. The family ownership has agreed to accept dramatically lower performance, both last year and in our projected 2008 business year. They have refused to force management to take some of the more drastic cost-cutting steps taken by many publically owned newspaper companies.

We will work our way through this down period and when business gets better we will again expand the amount of space we give to news. And I’m sure editors will weigh carefully what content to add back to the Register. Your comments are duly noted.

What’s weirder than a publisher expecting readers to stick by as they’re given less information in harder-to-navigate format? The comments such a decision has inspired. Like this one from someone who is, apparently, writing in from 1941:

Doyle Smith Says:
Thanks for the current local section. I can set in my easy chair and read the AM paper

OC Press Club Redux: Come Meet the New Publishers

occartoonpho.jpegAfter a long absence, the Orange County Press Club re-emerges, hosting a mixer and panel at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Memphis in downtown Santa Ana.

The panel includes new OCR Publisher Terry Horne, Ted Kissell, the new publisher of OC Weekly, and the KDOC-TV’s Daybreak program news director Jeff Rowe.

That’s a whole lot of new brass in Orange County, so if you’re attracted to shiny things, RSVP to claudiaschou@yahoo.com.

OCR: Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

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So Chris Anderson is out as publisher of the Orange County Register, and Terry Horne, the publisher of the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz., is in (Well, as of Sept. 15, anyway).

Horne’s answer to the falling revenue of the Reg?

“A renewed emphasis on local news,” according to the Orange County Register.

The paper already approaches everything — even an natural disaster a half a world away — from a hyper-local perspective, so we can’t imagine what he means. But good luck, Terry.