‘Knoxville News Sentinel’ Eliminates 50 Positions

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The Knoxville News Sentinel and related properties are eliminating the positions of approximately 50 employees, including 13 in the newsroom.

The newspaper, part of the Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps group, announced the layoffs on its Web site Thursday, saying the move represents about 10 percent of the organization’s work force.

The layoffs were scattered across the newsroom. Several laid-off employees had been with the company for more than a decade. Severance was offered.

The morning paper has a circulation of about 120,000 daily and 150,000 on Sunday.

Publisher Bruce Hartmann said current economic conditions and challenges based on “cost realities make internal staffing changes necessary.

The News Sentinel is part of the KNS Media Group in Knoxville which owns several other local nondaily newspaper, magazine and commercial printing properties.

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