Sunday, December 7, 2008

Black Press announces major cuts to Washington publishing operation

Today, the Bainbridge Review near Seattle reported that its parent company, Sound Publishing, has "announced major cuts" to publishing operations in Washington state.

Sound Publishing is owned by Victoria-based Black Press, which is controlled by publishing magnate David Black.

Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star, owns almost 20 percent of Black Press.

The changes were also announced in a company news release on December 3. They include:

• Sound Publishing will close a printing press, which employs 44 workers on Bainbridge Island, with a third of the workers being offered jobs at a plant in Everett, Washington.

• The Bainbridge Review will be reduced from a twice-weekly broadsheet to a once-a-week tabloid.

• The Port Orchard Independent will be reduced from a twice-weekly broadsheet to a once-a-week tabloid.

• The North Kitsap Herald will be reduced from a twice-weekly broadsheet to a once-a-week tabloid.


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