Monday, November 17, 2008

Strib memo: 'Painful' cuts coming

As the economy melts down and newspapers around the country announce multiple rounds of layoffs, folks keep asking me when the Strib will announce new cuts.

Answer: any minute now.

In a companywide memo this afternoon, Strib publisher Chris Harte set up his employees for a lousy Christmas. "Star Tribune revenue in 2009 will be substantially lower than it was in 2008," he writes. "We will have to cut much deeper, and many of the reductions we make will be painful."

Harte didn't use the "layoff" word, but it's impossible to read the memo (reprinted below) without knowing that tomorrow's Strib will have fewer bodies than today.

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