Gannett's cost cutting spread yesterday to central New York, where newspapers eliminated top management and other jobs in a reorganization of online operations and advertising sales. The papers are the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, The Ithaca Journal, and founder Frank Gannett's first title -- the Star-Gazette in Elmira.
The Central New York Group's shifts follow a second round of buyouts this week at The Arizona Republic, and layoffs at The Honolulu Advertiser, amid a steep plunge in Gannett's second-quarter profits.
Binghamton Publisher Sherman Bodner didn't disclose the exact number of jobs cut in the e-mail he sent to staff about 5 p.m. "The economic climate for our industry remains challenging, and we continue to explore changes that provide economic or strategic advantages,'' Bodner said. "We made staffing reductions in our information centers, in our building/facilities departments and in information technology.These were difficult choices, made only after close consideration of other options."
His e-mail says one manager will now be in charge of the three papers' online operations, and the number of online-only staff is being reduced, and based at Binghamton. Also, ad sales at the three papers will now be run by a single sales director, Bodner's note says.
Together, the three papers employ fewer than 800 workers.
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[Image: today's Press & Sun Bulletin, Newseum]