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Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/31)

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by reformedhack, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    According to several good sources, there will be a companywide meeting Monday (3/30) at the Tampa Tribune, apparently to announce additional layoffs and/or buyouts throughout all divisions. Executives supposedly are on the chopping block this time. Also: Elimination of monthly magazine produced by special publications for subscribers in upscale ZIP codes. Also hearing rumblings about another web reduction (on the presses, that is, not the Internet) but that would be surprising, given the recent redesign.

    More details as they're known and/or rumored.
     
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa

    I hear MG shit's about to happen up this way, too, though I throw a cautionary note: It MAY be what's already going on in Danville, etc. But there's lots and lots of rumbling.
     
  3. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa

    The day is still young, as far as newsfolk go, but today's expected layoffs apparently have affected only the advertising department. Several sales managers were let go this morning. In other news:

    * Flair, a glossy magazine produced for subscribers in upscale ZIP codes, also was eliminated. No word on the fate of the staff, who work separate of the newsroom.

    * The daily product is slated to convert to a 44-inch web on Wednesday, although there's been no public announcement as far as I can tell.

    Meanwhile, the earlier rumor about reducing publication frequency is beginning to rear its ugly head once again. This time, the word is being attributed to specific departments within the company. I have not heard this directly, but I am hearing it from an interesting cross-section of people. At this point, it's nothing more than a rumor ... regard it as such.

    More information as it becomes available.
     
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa

    Up this way, Waynesboro lost at least one and Charlottesville four employees. Will post on the MG thread and leave this for Tampa but I wanted to update since I had noted this on here.
     
  5. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa

    From tbo.com:

    Media General Lays Off 53 Today In Tampa Offices
    The Florida Communications Group Monday laid off 53 employees and eliminated 12 open positions due to continuing declines in the local advertising market, executives said.
    "The various economic drivers of our business continue to be off and we've just not seen any uptick whatsoever," said John Schueler, president of FCG, part of Media General Inc.
    FCG operates The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and WFLA News Channel 8. In addition, the company ceased publishing the Flair and Skirt lifestyle publications. Other specialty publications are also under review, and the company is considering closing some news bureaus, Schueler said.
    Most of the laid-off employees worked in operations rather than newsrooms, which have seen their own layoffs in the last 12 months.
    The company also added three more unpaid furlough days to the existing 10 furlough days all employees must take by the end of the third quarter.
    After the cuts, FCG will employ 1,047 people, and it remains profitable, Schueler said.
     
  6. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/30)

    According to the St. Petersburg Times, among the cutbacks was WFLA's primary sports anchor, Dave Reynolds, leaving the station with one sports reporter. And how will the station handle sports coverage? It'll use Tampa Tribune staffers.

    Exactly. Because they don't have enough to do.
     
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/30)

    Wonderful...
     
  8. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/30)

    Well, isn't that just fucking grand. Thanks, dickheads.
     
  9. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/30)

    I can only assume that the three more furlough days will trickle down throughout the rest of the chain. Or maybe that was the point of splitting up into regional entities.
     
  10. podunk press

    podunk press Active Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/30)

    I got into print because I have a high, squeaky voice, and I curse and stutter my way through every conversation.

    I'm assuming many of my print peers are the same way.

    Boom goes the dynamite in Tampa.

    I've felt like the execs have long thought that any dumbass can write a story. I guess they've decided any dumbass can read off a prompter.
     
  11. John Taylor

    John Taylor Member

    Re: Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/30)

    Back when I worked at MG they were calling that "convergence" ...
     
  12. The Granny

    The Granny Guest

    Re: Monday in Tampa (UPDATED 3/30)

    Damned braggarts. :D
     
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