Houston Chronicle to Lay Off “Massive” Amount of Workers Monday
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Updated With Austin Bureau Information 11:30 CDT
A source close to the Houston Chronicle has told Alamo City Pundit that “There will be huge layoffs at the Houston Chronicle next week.”
The source states that the Chronicle will “downsize staff and cut some (of their) coverage.” The source was not able to say how many of the Chronicle staff will be laid off, and it was unclear if the numbers to be laid of had been decided yet. The source believed that as much as “One third I think” could be let go Monday, and possibly more.
A second source who also declined to be identified said that cuts have already affected the Chronicle’s Austin Bureau offices, and staff could eventually be reduced there by as much as 75%, leaving as few as two staffers to cover the State Capitol. The source said that while these cuts have already begun in Austin, they will continue through July of this year.
According to the Hearst newspapers website, the owners of the Houston Chronicle, “ Both its newspapers and yellow pages operations reflected the impact of the economic downturn and the subsequent loss of millions of advertising dollars. Hardest hit were the automotive, employment and real estate categories. At the same time, news consumers increased their use of the panoply of wired and wireless sources of information—turning to the print product less frequently.”
According to Wikipedia, “As of March 2008, it is the ninth-largest newspaper by circulation in the United States, with daily circulation of 494,131 copies, and 632,797 copies on Sunday. The Chronicle is the largest daily paper owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation, employing nearly 2,000 people, including approximately 300 journalists, editors, and photographers. The Chronicle has bureaus in Washington, D.C., Mexico City, Colombia and Austin. Its web site averages more than 75 million page views per month.”