Monday, March 16, 2009

Belleville News-Democrat and Weekly Group announces layoffs, pay cuts

The Belleville News Group is eliminating 30 jobs and reducing salaries at the News-Democrat and its weeklies, President and Publisher Jay Tebbe announced Monday.

Tebbe cited the worsening economy and its effect on advertising revenue as the reason for the cost-cutting measures.

``While the combined reach of our print and online business continues to grow, our business is dramatically affected when other businesses are suffering,'' Tebbe said.

The cost-cutting measures are part of an overall plan by the newspaper's owner, McClatchy Co., to eliminate 1,600 jobs across the chain and save more than $110 million over the next year.

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