Details on Wide 'Seattle Times' Cuts Emerge: Layoffs and Closing Bureaus

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Details on Wide 'Seattle Times' Cuts Emerge: Layoffs and Closing Bureaus


Strupp, Joe, Editor & Publisher


The Seattle Times, claiming the effects of continued declines in advertising revenue, confirmed plans, which leaked yesterday, to cut nearly 200 staffers, more than half through layoffs, the paper reported Tuesday.

It also plans to close two suburban bureaus and stop running zoned editions in two neighboring counties. The cuts and reorganization are aimed at saving some $15 million, the paper said.

Spokeswoman Jill Mackie would not be specific about other cuts, except to say that "there will be some changes that will affect both readers and advertisers," the Times reported.

"The staff reductions will include up to 131 layoffs, the company said in an e-mail to employees. Sixty unfilled positions will be frozen," the paper said, adding that the Times has 1,845 full-time and part-time employees.

"We had hoped the expense reductions made at the beginning of the year would prevent the need for further downsizing, but that is not the case," Publisher Frank Blethen and President Carolyn Kelly said in another e-mail to employees Monday, first printed by the local alt-weekly, The Stranger, and then E&P.

Among the changes, the paper will close its suburban bureaus in Bellevue and Lynnwood, lay off nearly every reporter in those locations, and cut zoned editions for the Eastside and Snohomish County.

"Vice President Alayne Fardella said in an e-mail to employees that up to 45 circulation workers, 30 newsroom employees and 24 advertising staff could be laid off," the Times reported. …

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