Saturday, December 6, 2008

Layoffs at Citizen, TNI fewer than 12, execs say

Executives at the Tucson Citizen and Tucson Newspapers said Wednesday that fewer than 12 employees will be laid off as a result of cuts ordered by their corporate parent, the Gannett Co.

Gannett in October ordered all of the newspapers in its U.S. Community Publishing Division to cut payroll costs by 10 percent.

That could have meant as many as seven Tucson Citizen full-time employees and 41 full-time Tucson Newspapers staffers would be laid off.

But Citizen Interim Editor Jennifer Boice said she was able to reduce the number of layoffs by reducing the work hours of some staff, eliminating open positions and implementing an across-the-board salary freeze for 2009.

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