Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Major layoffs at the Argus

I'm not sure if this is an April Fool's joke or the real thing, but the way this is written, I don't think it is. I know the news business is struggling as bad as the auto industry so this does not surprise me.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus announced what it called a "significant" work-force reduction Tuesday in a step that a company official said was necessary to cope with "staggering" revenue declines.

General Manager and Executive Editor Rich Perlberg declined to specify the total number of layoffs, but said the number was "more than 10" from a total work force of 95.

The layoffs included two high-profile members of the news department: Managing Editor Maria Stuart and Metro Editor-Features Henry "Buddy" Moorehouse.

"This is a significant work-force reduction designed to keep our paper viable in the face of staggering advertising declines due to the economy," said Perlberg. "We've essentially eliminated a level of management by reducing positions in all of the company's departments.

I wish Maria and Buddy and the rest of the workers the best of luck. The paper won't be the same without them.

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