New Owners Can't Avoid Layoffs at 'Philadelphia Inquirer'

68 Editorial Staffers Let Go, Others Reassigned

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CHICAGO ( -- The Philadelphia Inquirer is laying off 17% of its editorial staff -- about 68 employees -- the newspaper reported today. Owner Philadelphia Media Holdings said the cuts would save about $6.8 million annually, and leave the paper with an editorial staff of 325.
The 'Philadelphia Inquirer' is laying off 17% of its editorial staff.
The 'Philadelphia Inquirer' is laying off 17% of its editorial staff. Credit: AP

Six other employees lost their jobs at the Inquirer but were reassigned to or the Philadelphia Daily News.

Worsening ad, circ trends
Philadelphia Media Holdings -- a private consortium of area businesspeople -- bought the Inquirer and Daily News from McClatchy Co. over the summer. McClatchy sold the paper, which it itself acquired in its acquisition of Knight-Ridder earlier this year, because of the advertising and circulation trends at the paper. And, by most accounts, those trends have worsened in the first few months under the new owners.

"It's a very difficult day for The Inquirer and for the individuals, and we're going to try and handle this with professionalism, dignity, thoughtfulness and care," Inquirer editor William K. Marimow told the paper last night.

A blog on the Inquirer's website listed NBA reporter David Aldridge, national political reporter Tom Fitzgerald, and gaming columnist Rob Watson as among those losing their jobs.

Philadelphia Media Holdings' leader, former ad man Brian Tierney, recently said he intended to invest $20 million in the paper's marketing, website and plant.
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