‘Palm Beach Post’ Buyout Program Over-Subscribed, But Layoffs Still Coming

By: E&P Staff

When The Palm Beach Post in June became the last big Florida daily to offer employees buyouts, it was looking to reduce headcount by 300. Now, the Cox Newspapers-owned paper says it has accepted buyout applications from more than 300 staffers — but involuntary layoffs are coming anyway.

“The number of applications was more than expected. However, we received too many in some areas and not enough in others, So we still expect to begin a small number of involuntary separations, or layoffs, the week of Aug. 18 in some departments as needed,” according to a internal Post memo published online by The Daily Pulp, a blog by Bob Norman on the Broward/Palm Beach New Times Web site.

The blog reported that 81 newsroom employees applied for the buyouts, but that the newsroom staff is expected to be cut by 130.

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