Newspaper Announces Layoffs of 109 Employees
DALLAS (AP) _ The Dallas Times Herald on Tuesday announced across-the-board layoffs of 109 employees, attributing the move to poor economic conditions in Texas and the Southwest.
The staff reduction of about 8 percent was part of a restructuring that includes job consolidations in mangement, publisher Art Wible said.
Two senior executive positions, general manager and senior vice president of advertising, were among those eliminated. Wible said no further staff reductions were expected.
″The Dallas newspaper market has been greatly affected by the economic slump in Texas. Advertising lineage in all three Dallas-Fort Worth newspapers is down significantly from a year ago,″ Wible said.
Last week, Media News Group, headed by William Dean Singleton, completed its purchase of the Times Herald from Times Mirror Co.
Tom Tallarico vacated the general manager’s job in July as part of an attrition program that has eliminated an additional 120 full-time positions, said Laurie S. Walton, vice president of marketing. Bob Sproat has been senior vice president of advertising, she said.
The staff reductions made Tuesday will allow the newspaper to begin its financial year Oct. 1 with 1,266 employees, down from 1,495 during the first quarter last year, she said.