‘Sacramento Bee’ to Take Over Printing Of Modesto Sibling

By: E&P Staff

The Sacramento Bee will begin printing its sibling The Modesto Bee as soon as September — a move that will pare the Modesto paper’s production staff by 80 full-time jobs, its publisher said Friday.

“The Modesto Bee has completed its analysis of transferring printing operations to The Sacramento Bee,” Modesto Bee President and Publisher Margaret Randazzo said in a memo to employees first reported on the Sacramento Business Journal’s Web site. “Although we are still working through various transition and operational details, it is clear that this move makes both financial and operational sense. It is very likely a change could occur by the end of September.”

As previously reported, the Modesto Bee feasibility study examined the cost savings and efficiencies of combining production of the 78,001-circulation Modesto paper, which is printed on Goss flexo presses, with the McClatchy Co. flagship Sacramento Bee, a 268,755-circulation daily printed on Goss offset presses that have been upgraded and expanded in recent years.

The combination is part of McClatchy’s goal announced this summer to reduce its workforce by 10%.

As E&P reported earlier this month, McClatchy has already said it would outsource production of a daily in Idaho and another in Washington to Pioneer Newspapers plants in those states.

The Modesto Bee will have a dedicated press in Sacramento, Randazzo’s memo said.

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