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'Chicago Tribune' Extending Cuts beyond Newsroom

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Chicago Tribune' Extending Cuts beyond Newsroom

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Chicago Tribune interim Publisher Bob Gremillion has told employees that the recently announced cuts in newsroom staff will be extended "elsewhere" at the paper.

"We've already announced newsroom staff reductions, but our dire economic situation requires us to implement further cuts elsewhere in the company," he said in a memo Friday. "We've not yet determined the total scope of the reductions, but they will be involuntary."

Gremillion said those whose jobs are targeted for elimination will be notified by the end of August.

The exit package includes a payout of one week's pay for each consecutive period of six months of service, with a minimum of six weeks and maximum of 52 weeks, Gremillion said.

The memo was first reported by the Los Angeles-based blog "Tell Zell."

The full text of the memo follows:

From: Gremillion, BobSent: Fri 7/25/2008 1:06 PMSubject: Staff Reductions

To Chicago Tribune Media Group staff --

I have been working with you for the better part of a month now, learning more about the CTMG and all the ways our businesses serve our customers and the community. The most important part of my job here now is making sure we are well-positioned for the future. A key part of that is the redesign of the Blue paper, and we are making great progress and remain on schedule to launch it by the end of September.

But our more difficult task involves responding to the unprecedented declines in revenue you heard Sam and Randy discuss on Tuesday. As a result, we are carefully examining our budgets, reviewing every expense item. …

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