Gannett Layoffs Strike Courier-Journal (UPDATED)

UPDATED: Sources tell LEO that the number of layoffs at the Courier-Journal is now totaling 50, including 24 editorial positions.

Further, the Velocity weekly as you know it will cease to be, and will be replaced by a smaller version folded in with the Courier itself, to be published on a day of the week as yet unknown.

Sources also say that among the elder journalists let go were Betty Winston Baye, a columnist for the paper since 1991.

A truly sad day for local journalism.

The original post follows below.

This is not a banner day for journalism.  Gannett Co. Inc. is in the midst of hundreds of layoffs nationwide, and Louisville’s Courier-Journal is not spared.

An email went out earlier notifying staff that layoffs would occur today.  An employee at the Courier who wanted to remain anonymous said he’s anxiously waiting for another email that will alert staff when the layoffs are over: That’s how he’ll know his job is still safe.

Other sources say that terminated employees will not receive a severance package, which will instead be replaced by accrued vacation time.

The Gannett blog is reporting 36 layoffs at the Courier.  Sources tell LEO the cuts are targeting the paper’s neighborhood section and Velocity, Gannett’s alt-weekly publication.

Adding insult to injury, the Gannett blog also reports Gannett Co. Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow made $9.4 million last year, including a $ 1.75 million cash bonus, based partly on his ability to reduce costs through layoffs and furloughs.

(Jonathan Meador contributed to this report)

4 Comments

  1. kentucky
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Sad day for CJ , but a sign of the times

  2. SBE
    Posted June 22, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    This is one more case where the once-great-newspaper is putting profits before the community. The product has declined dramatically over the years since the mid 80s when Gannet bought the paper. And as long as they continue their one-sided (ultra liberal) slant on news, editorials, opeds, etc., I will never subscribe again — I’m a former 30+ year subscriber. They are totally out of touch with the average citizens of Louisville. There is no balance in approach and it is a shell of what it once was. I’m sorry for the employees but for the paper, Good Riddance.

  3. Smack
    Posted June 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Betty Winston Baye won’t really be missed. She has re-written the same article over and over for over 15 years. I don’t know why they didn’t pull the plug on her years ago. Oh, actually I do know why.

  4. Sheza Witch
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Buh-bye, Betty. You hateful hack, you.

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