Thursday, February 5, 2009

More job cuts at Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune laid off 48 people from its newspaper and its cable news operation, SNN News 6, Tuesday in another move to reduce costs.

The paper, which is owned by The New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT), said the layoffs join other cost-cutting measures that include curtailing home delivery in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda beginning next month.

SNN News 6, a 24-hour news channel available to Comcast cable subscribers in Sarasota and Charlotte counties, went dark at midnight Jan. 29 after a sale to general manager Linda DesMarais and her husband, Doug Barker, failed to close. Herald-Tribune publisher Diane McFarlin told the paper that the company is still interested in selling the station to DesMarais and Barker, and it’s possible the deal could go through and SNN News 6 could be back on the air within weeks.

Last August, the Herald-Tribune laid off 33 employees, and over the past three years it has reduced its work force by 40 percent to 350 employees.

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