‘NY Times’ Expected to Turn to Layoffs After Buyouts Fall Short

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By: Joe Strupp

The New York Times is reportedly expected to turn to layoffs of up to 30 editorial staffers after a buyout offer did not result in enough takers, according to the New York Post.

The Post claimed Friday that about 50 unionized news people at the Times have accepted the buyout proposal, and another 20 non-union editorial employees have joined in.

“That means the axe could fall on as many as 30 editorial people in the company’s first-ever mass firing of journalists in its 156-year history,” the Post reported.

When contacted by E&P on Friday, a Times spokesperson issued the following statement: “The details of the staff reduction are still under discussion internally, and no decisions have yet been reached on the scale of the buyouts.”

The report follows Executive Editor Bill Keller’s past expectations that at least 100 staffers would have to take a buyout to avoid layoffs.

“Tuesday was the deadline for employees choosing to accept buyout packages, which offer three weeks of severance for each year worked. Management and other non-unionized employees were to have accepted their buyout offers by Monday,” the Post said, later quoting Anthony Napoli, a Newspaper Guild leader, as saying his office was not sure how many names were turned in.

“The process is not finalized,” he told the Post. “We’re waiting for the Times to tell us how many have been returned and how many have been accepted.”

Just days ago, Editor Martin Baron of The Boston Globe, also owned by The New York Times Company, told staffers that 30 news and editorial workers had applied to take a buyout there.

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