‘Gazette’ of Colorado Springs Cuts 33

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By: E&P Staff

The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., slashed 33 positions on Friday. President and Publisher P. Scott McKibben cited “an evolving media landscape” for the staff reduction, reported the paper.

The move affected employees across all departments, including 10 in the newsroom. Ten of the 33 jobs eliminated were empty positions.

The 98,069-circ daily, owned by Freedom Communications, has 475 full time people on staff after the reductions.

The paper also reported that 21-year vet and editorial cartoonist Chuck Asay has retired.

Management at the Gazette analyzed the operations and came to the conclusion that other staff could handle the 33 positions. “Based on the way we see the world today, for the next few years going out, we think we are currently right-sized,” McKibben told his papers.

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