Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Battle Creek Enquirer to cut half of staff

About half of the staff members at the Battle Creek Enquirer will lose their jobs, after Tuesday's announcement that the paper will cut production and newsroom staff.

The Enquirer also will shut down the paper's printing press and move all printing operations to a facility in Lansing.

The decision will slash 50 of the 105 Enquirer staff positions, excluding delivery people, who are independent contractors. The reduction affects 18 full-time employees and 32 part-time employees, with four of those cuts taking effect immediately and the rest during the next two months. Many of the eliminated positions will come from the mailroom, where advertisements are inserted into the daily paper.

The deep cuts are in part related to a continued slide in profits from the Enquirer's parent company, Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the United States. Gannett recently reported a third-quarter revenue of $1.6 billion, a decrease of 11 percent from 2007.

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