‘Virginian-Pilot’ Cutting 10% of Work Force

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The Virginian-Pilot says it is cutting at least 125 positions, about 10 percent of its work force, mostly by laying off staff and closing affiliated publications.

Publisher Maurice Jones said in a report posted Saturday on the Virginian-Pilot’s Web site that a decline in advertising sales during the economic downturn prompted the newspaper to make several changes. It will run its business section Sundays only, shutter a 2-year-old free daily newspaper Link, close or sell three out-of-state military-base papers and trim the Virginian-Pilot by at least 40 pages a week.

The newsroom will lose 15 employees and drop two open positions, according to editor Denis Finley. The cuts are expected by the end of the year.

Landmark Media Enterprises LLC is continuing to negotiate the sale of the Virginian-Pilot.

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