Friday, February 27, 2009

Journal Co. laying off 74 to cut expenses

The Providence Journal Co. is laying off 74 workers -- about 12 percent of its total work force -- as part of a corporate-wide cost-cutting effort by its parent company, A.H. Belo Corp. of Dallas.

Overall, 48 full-time workers and 26 part-time workers at The Journal are to lose their jobs, effective March 6, said Howard G. Sutton, the Journal Co.'s chairman, publisher, president and chief executive officer.

The layoffs are part of a plan disclosed in January by A.H. Belo to cut about 500 jobs -- more than 14 percent of its overall workforce -- from its media operations, which include the Providence Journal, Dallas Morning News, and Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise.

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