Thursday, February 5, 2009

Macon Telegraph cuts 58 positions -- 30 percent of its workforce

The Macon Telegraph is the first paper to announce layoffs in the latest round of McClatchy cutbacks.
The Telegraph in Macon reports that it will lay off 30-percent of its workforce. The McClatchy Newspaper chain, which owns the paper, says the 58 positions are in the production department. The Telegraph will now be printed in Columbus and driven to Macon for distribution.Columbus is the home of the McClatchy owned, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. News deadlines will be adjusted in order to get the paper delivered on time. Both papers are owned by the McClatchy Company. Nationwide McClatchy is trying to cut 100-million dollars in expenses. The cuts in Macon are expected to save the company 1-million dollars a year. The company is also freezing employees pension plans and contributions to 401k's.

Moving printing operations must have been in the works before todays announcement of cutbacks, so I assume more position eliminations will be coming.

Just a few months back, Telegraph publisher George McCanless said the Telegraph planned to purchase the inserter machine from the Modesto Bee.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wasn't 58 positions the same number The Sun News in Myrtle Beach announced would be affected yesterday in outsourcing its printing dept?

Related question to anyone that may know more, are Myrtle Beach layoffs limited to the positions announced yesterday or are they talking other positions in other departments at the newspaper as well on top of that.

What a disgrace.

McClatchy Watch said...

True, the Sun News announced 58 positions would be cut due to moving printing operations. Odd that both papers would cut 58 positions.

Anonymous said...

These are jobs that will never return even if the economy revives, right?

Anonymous said...

What do they consider to be the "production dept" - is that pre-press, pressmen, graphic artists or what?

Anonymous said...

4:54 Different for different papers. Some papers pre-press is part of the advertising dept. not production.

Anonymous said...

If you turn plastic into metal, metal into paper or you take parts of paper to make whole papers, you work in production. The former composing room, the current press and the current mailroom. Those are the positions that are gone.