Word on the street is that the Kansas City Star is poised to layoff as many as another 20 newsroom staffers, sources say.
“Last week everything was OK,” says a source. “And then, boom!”
It follows on the heels of reports that the Star’s publisher told newsroom staffers at a recent meeting that previous layoffs had not achieved the desired effect to the extent that it had been projected. Things had been calm - even though insiders say upwards of 15 people were reportedly quietly laid off in recent months at Grand Communications, the still-for-sale press plant and elsewhere about the biz.
The $64 million question: what percentage of the pending layoffs will go down in the form of actual layoffs versus Mike Hendricks paycheck and benefit cutbacks?
Twenty might be a little high, based on recent McClatchy layoffs. The Miami Herald pink-slipped 16 employees this week, and the News & Observer cut 10 last month. But, if revenue has dried up as badly as we're hearing, then it could be 20 or more. (Hat tip: Tony's Kansas City)