‘Boston Herald’ Axes 10

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The Boston Herald said on Friday it is cutting 10 employees from its 675-person staff through a combination of buyouts, early retirements and eliminated positions.

“The newspaper industry is facing considerable pressure, and the Herald is not immune,” Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell said in a prepared statement.

“This was a very painful decision, but necessary to ensure that Boston remains a two-newspaper town.”

Both the Herald and its larger rival, The Boston Globe, have been hit by recent circulation declines.

Herald spokeswoman Kate Sheehan said the 10 cuts are being spread across the Herald’s editorial staff, management, and commercial workers, a category including employees in marketing, advertising, circulation and accounting.

The moves follow earlier rounds of layoffs and buyouts the Herald announced in late 2003 and spring 2005 in an effort to reduce its newsroom work force and save money.

Purcell bought the Herald in 1994 from News Corp. – where he had served as an executive under Rupert Murdoch – and established it as an independent paper.

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