News about the future of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is trickling out of managers' meetings and it isn't pretty. Much is still up in the air, but here are some basics:
The newspaper will be reduced to three sections per day, except Sundays, when it will look as it does now. The section breakdown is National-Foreign and Business, Metro and Features, Sports and Classified. Op-ed will be in the first section, slightly reduced and paired with the weather map. Plans are to go live with this format in early March.
There will be buyouts. There will be layoffs. There is no word on the compensation package or the number of employees to be slashed. One person in the know said several dozen to 100, which is too broad for my taste. Since buyouts are involved, the timetable for layoffs is unknown.
Furloughs and pay cuts are not being considered at this time.