Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Ad slump brings layoffs at Hunterdon Democrat

The current slump in classified advertising revenue -- automotive and real estate ads especially -- has caused the Hunterdon County Democrat newspaper and its parent company to cut costs and staff.

Among those let go this week were Jay Langley, the Democrat's longtime executive editor, and Peg Gerke, the comptroller for NJN Publishing, the Democrat's parent company.

They were among 25 layoffs of full- and part-time employees at the company's four weekly papers. Remaining are 117 employees, including the Democrat's other editors, reporters and photographers.

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