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  • Gannett to Furlough Workers for Week (USA Today) Dinosauer Media Watch

    01/14/2009 2:13:02 PM PST · by xtinct · 8 replies · 448+ views
    NYT ^ | 1/14/09 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    The Gannett Company, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, said on Wednesday that it would force thousands of its employees to take a week off without pay in an effort to avoid layoffs. Gannett, which owns 85 daily newspapers across the United States including its flagship USA Today, said it could not say exactly how many people would be required to take time off, or how much money the company would save. But it said it would require unpaid leave for most of its 31,000 employees. “Most of our U.S. employees — including myself and all other top executives — will...
  • Gannett furloughs employees for a week (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/14/2009 10:30:19 AM PST · by abb · 34 replies · 1,122+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 14, 2009 | Robert MacMillan
    Gannett Co Inc (GCI.N), the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, will make workers take a week off without pay because of what it called some of the most difficult economic conditions it has ever experienced. "This means that most of our U.S. employees -- including myself and all other top executives -- will be furloughed for the equivalent of one week in the first quarter," Chief Executive Craig Dubow wrote in a memo to employees on Wednesday. Gannett, which publishes USA Today, the largest U.S. newspaper by circulation, is instituting the furlough after cutting thousands of employees from its payroll to...
  • Detroit papers drop home delivery to 3 days a week (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/16/2008 4:29:05 PM PST · by abb · 32 replies · 651+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 16, 2008 | Staff
    Beset by falling revenue, Detroit's newspapers announced Tuesday that they plan to offer only three days of home delivery and will push their online editions instead, making the city the largest in the nation to undergo such a makeover. The Detroit Media Partnership, which runs the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, expects to cut about 9 percent of its work force but "hopefully" less, and there will be no job reductions in the newsrooms of either paper, said David Hunke, Free Press publisher and chief executive of the partnership. "We're here because we're fighting for our survival," Hunke...
  • WSJ: Denver-owned Detroit paper cutting back

    12/13/2008 11:09:24 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 859+ views
    Denver Business Journal ...Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2008 | Mark Harden
    The Detroit News...and another Detroit daily newspaper, the Free Press, are expected to announce next week that they will halt home delivery of the two papers most days of the week... The move comes in the wake of a 22 percent circulation decline at the News and 15 percent at the Free Press over the last five years. Staff cuts are also likely.... The Free Press is owned by Gannett Co., Inc In the face of the worst business climate for daily newspapers in decades, with steep declines in advertising and rising business costs, other U.S. dailies have examined steps...
  • Detroit Dailies to Curtail Home Delivery (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/12/2008 1:01:18 PM PST · by abb · 23 replies · 733+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2008 | Russell Adams
    The publisher of the Detroit Free Press, the country's 20th largest paper by weekday circulation, is expected to announce next week that it will cease home delivery of the print edition of the newspaper on most days of the week, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking. The publisher hasn't made a final decision, said this person, but the leading scenario set to be unveiled Tuesday would call for the Free Press and its partner paper, the Detroit News, to end home delivery on all but the most lucrative days—Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On the other days, the...
  • Gannett sees 2008 revenue down 8 pct from 2007

    12/10/2008 12:44:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies · 316+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 9, 2008
    Newspaper publisher Gannett said on Wednesday it expects its 2008 revenue to fall to $6.8 billion from $7.4 billion last year, underscoring what is shaping up to be the worst advertising market in decades. The publisher of newspapers such as USA Today also told attendees of a UBS investor conference that it expects to shoulder severance costs of $45 million to $50 million in the current quarter for its previously announced plan to cut 10 percent of its workforce. "We're focusing on leaner operations across the board," Chief Executive Craig Dubow told attendees during a Webcast of the conference two...
  • Gannett begins carrying out planned 10 pct cut (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/03/2008 4:41:43 AM PST · by abb · 43 replies · 569+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2008 | Staff
    The nation's largest newspaper company, USA Today publisher Gannett Co., has begun implementing a 10 percent work force cut announced in October in response to declining revenue. Employees at some of the company's 85 local and regional papers learned Monday and Tuesday what cuts will occur at their publications. The latest reductions follow a 3 percent cut announced in August. Both cuts are separate from a 5 percent trim from USA Today's newsroom announced Nov. 24. A spokeswoman for McLean, Va.-based Gannett did not immediately return calls seeking comment Tuesday. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in New York said Tuesday...
  • 'Rochester D&C' Drops 59 Jobs (massive layoffs at Gannett underway - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/02/2008 10:49:39 AM PST · by abb · 31 replies · 1,060+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | December 2, 2008 | Staff
    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says it is eliminating 59 jobs, or 8% of its work force, to pare back costs during the weak economy. The daily newspaper says it will lay off 34 employees later this week and has already accepted 14 voluntary reductions, 3 of them in the newsroom. In addition, it says 11 open positions will not be filled. The newspaper has not yet specified how many of the layoffs will occur in the newsroom. After the cuts are made, it will have 680 full-time and part-time employees. Publisher Ali Zoibi says rising costs and a drop...
  • USA Today to lay off 20 in early December (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/24/2008 5:41:34 AM PST · by abb · 29 replies · 630+ views
    Poynter Online ^ | November 24, 2008 | Ken Paulson and John Hillkirk
    Memo sent to USA Today staffers on Nov. 23 To: The newsroom staff From: Ken Paulson and John Hillkirk The current economic crisis has taken its toll on businesses nationwide, including USA TODAY. This will mean a cut in our 2009 budget, including the elimination of about 20 positions in early December. We wish this wasn't necessary, but we're facing unprecedented economic challenges and we have to cut spending. We'll have our regular monthly staff meeting Monday at 5 p.m. EST and will discuss this development and answer any questions you may have, but here are the basics: Those whose...
  • GCI (Gannett) said laying off 10% (3000) of newspaper staff (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/28/2008 11:06:54 AM PDT · by abb · 32 replies · 375+ views
    Gannett Blog ^ | October 28, 2008 | Staff
    Reeling from a second consecutive quarter of revenue losses, Gannett just announced plans to lay off 10% of its newspaper employees -- about 3,000 workers -- by early December, as the nation's top newspaper publisher struggles to right itself. The mass layoff was disclosed in a memo from newspaper division president Bob Dickey (left). The unprecedented cuts follow the elimination of more than 1,000 jobs over the past two months in Gannett's biggest and most troubled unit: the community newspaper division. Its 84 dailies plus USA Today account for nearly 80% of revenue, and 65% of GCI's 46,000 employees. The...
  • Gannett profit falls short on weak advertising [and their stock is dropping like a rock]

    10/24/2008 8:55:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies · 316+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 24, 2008 | Robert MacMillan
    Gannett Co Inc, the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, posted lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, reflecting anemic print advertising sales across the industry. Shares fell as much as 9 percent shortly after trading began on the New York Stock Exchange, a move reflected by major indices including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which dropped near 400 points after U.S. markets opened. The results cap more than a week of stomach-churning ad declines at U.S. publishers Media General Inc, McClatchy Co and New York Times Co. The worsening world financial crisis is aggravating the already weakened state of U.S. newspapers, which have...
  • Gannett Reports 3rd Quarter Results (Down 32% - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/24/2008 5:40:04 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 416+ views
    Yahoo Biz ^ | October 24, 2008 | Staff
    Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI - News) reported today that 2008 third quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations were $0.69 compared with $1.01 per share in the third quarter of 2007. The results for the quarter include $23.0 million in pre-tax severance expenses ($14.4 million after tax or $0.07 per share) related to reductions in force and efficiency efforts in the U.S. and the UK. Absent severance expenses in the quarter, the company would have earned $0.76 per share.
  • Gannett Stock Hits 18-Year Low (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/22/2008 5:56:41 PM PDT · by abb · 25 replies · 462+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | October 22, 2008 | Mark Fitzgerald
    On a bad day for newspaper stocks, shares of Gannett Co. (NYSE: GCI) sank Wednesday to their lowest price in 18 years. Gannett tumbled 11.25% during the session, shaving $1.18 off its share price to close at $9.31 a share. It price, adjusted for splits and dividends, hasn't been that low since October 1990. Gannett is scheduled to release its third-quarter results on Friday morning. Based on the weak revenue figures already released by The McClatchy Co. and Media General, Wall Street is clearly not expecting good news from the nation's largest newspaper publisher. Shares of The New York Times...
  • Gannett Reports Ad Revenue Off 16.8% for August (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/15/2008 12:14:06 PM PDT · by abb · 7 replies · 230+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | September 15, 2008 | Staff
    Gannett reported today that advertising revenue at its publishing division plunged 16.8% in August compared to the same period a year ago on steep declines in classified advertising revenue. Classified advertising revenue decreased 28% on severe drops in real estate (down 40.0%), employment (down 33.6%) and automotive (down 21.1%). Both of Gannett's U.S. and U.K properties experienced declines. At Gannet's U.S. community publishing division only, total classified revenue fell 25.8% on a 32% drop in real estate revenue, a 35.1% drop in employment revenue, and an 18.3% drop in real estate revenue. Total retail advertising revenue at Gannett's publishing division...
  • Gannett eliminates 100 department head positions (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/09/2008 11:11:21 AM PDT · by abb · 21 replies · 397+ views
    Poynter Online ^ | September 9, 2008 | Robert J. Dickey
    Letter from Gannett U.S. Community Publishing president Robert J. Dickey September 9, 2008 Dear Fellow Employee, Given the job reductions across our division in the past month, I wanted to share with all of you our reasoning and plans for the future under a new structure we are implementing beginning today. Like many businesses, the weakening economy has had a significant effect on our financial performance. Hardest are the classified categories – real estate, employment and automotive, where our year-over-year classified losses are in the 25% range. But it does not stop there: All segments are struggling with the current...
  • How do we just post a link to a Gannett newspaper.

    09/04/2008 3:40:30 AM PDT · by BS69 · 7 replies · 375+ views
    Not sure how to post a link to a Gannett newspaper. Link only.
  • Gannett revenue down 12% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/22/2008 2:12:15 PM PDT · by abb · 13 replies · 287+ views
    Pacific Business News ^ | August 22, 2008 | Tucker Echols
    Gannett Co. Inc., bedeviled by plunging classified advertising, reported a 12.3 percent decline to $546.4 million in revenue for July compared to a year ago. A 25.2 percent decline in classified advertising sales reduced publishing revenue 16.7 percent to $340 million. Real estate classified revenue was 37.9 percent lower, employment classified revenue was down 29.1 percent and automotive classified revenue declined 21.1 percent. Broadcast revenue declined 6.1 percent to $61 million while a 4.2 percent decline in paid daily newspaper subscribers reduced circulation revenue by 2.6 percent $108.7 million. The latest figures from the Mclean, Va.-based media giant, the nation’s...
  • UPDATE: Gannett Confirms Cut in 1,000 Jobs

    08/14/2008 9:18:12 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 174+ views
    EDITOR & PUBLISHER ^ | August 14, 2008 | E&P Staff
    Gannett, the largest newspaper chain in the country, is preparing to trim 3% of its workforce -- or 1,000 employees -- through cuts and attrition. Gannett Vice President of Corporate Communications Tara Connell confirmed the reductions to E&P Thursday afternoon, adding that decisions on staff cuts would be made at each property based on financial targets and performances. The McLean, Va.-based company publishes more than 80 dailies, including USA Today, and 900 non-dailies. Gannett corporate is expected to review and approve the decisions. The Gannett Blog, run by former Gannett editor and reporter Jim Hopkins from Ibiza, Spain reported Wednesday...
  • Gannett said laying off 600 newspaper employees (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/14/2008 9:57:08 AM PDT · by abb · 14 replies · 562+ views
    Poynter Online ^ | August 14, 2008 | Staff
    Updated at 11:44 a.m. ET on Aug. 14: The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., is among the first newspapers reporting layoffs on Thursday. Earlier: A Maryland publisher told employees late Wednesday afternoon that Gannett is eliminating 1,000 newspaper jobs, or about 3% of the troubled newspaper division's workforce -- and that about 600 employees are being laid off, a Gannett Blog reader says. The reader provided a copy of a memo that Daily Times Publisher Rick Jensen e-mailed about 4 p.m. today at the paper in Salisbury. "Across Gannett’s Community Publishing division, about 1,000 positions will be eliminated -- about 3%...
  • 'Cincinnati Enquirer' Looks for 50 Buyouts (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/05/2008 11:08:39 AM PDT · by abb · 14 replies · 269+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | August 5, 2008 | Staff
    Eight months after becoming the only local daily in the city, Gannett Co.'s Cincinnati Enquirer is seeking to buy out 50 staffers. In an e-mail to employees Monday, Publisher Margaret Buchanan said the paper is looking to make the reductions among non-union employees. "If this voluntary offer doesn't result in a sufficient number of volunteers, or if in the future, economic conditions worsen, it may be necessary to consider layoffs," Buchanan wrote. On offer is two weeks of salary for every year of service plus health benefits for a period of up to 52 weeks. The offer expires Aug. 15,...