‘Tampa Trib,’ Sister Properties Eliminate 250-260 Jobs

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An estimated 250 to 260 jobs are being eliminated by The Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and other Media General Inc. properties in Florida, the company said.

About 200 of the cuts have already taken place or are pending completion of the company’s voluntary buyout program, said John Schueler, president of the Florida Communications Group, which oversees the properties.

Schueler said Wednesday another 50 to 60 positions still need to be cut through layoffs. About 120 positions were eliminated earlier this year through attrition and layoffs, he said, and 54 employees were expected to take the voluntary buyout. Another 21 positions were eliminated Tuesday in advertising operations.

Like other media companies, Richmond, Va.-based Media General has been affected by a slowdown in the economy and a drop-off in advertising revenue. It is cutting positions to account for the reduced revenue.

The company’s other Florida properties include TBO.com, Centro Grupo de Comunicacion and several smaller newspapers.

Media General, which also publishes the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch and the Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, said last month that it will cut its entire work force by nearly 11 percent by July. It expects an annual savings of $40 million from the job cuts, which began in early 2007.

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