Thursday, December 03, 2009

Job cuts on the way at the Washington Times

Overnight news from the Washington Times which has announced in an email to staff that up to 40 per cent of jobs could be under threat at the paper.

This according to Politico

Jonathan Slevin, acting publisher and president of the Washington Times, outlined a new plan for the beleaguered newspaper and spoke of "significant staff reductions" at a meeting this afternoon.

Amongst the plans

1.The news operation will focus on what it considers core strengths — “exclusive reporting and in-depth national political coverage, enterprise and investigative reporting, geo-strategic and national security news and cultural coverage based on traditional values.”

2.There will be “controlled-market local circulation,” with the local print edition free in certain areas of Washington with a premium price for home delivery. “No-cost distribution will focus on targeted audiences in branches of the federal government as well as at other key institutions,”

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