'Kansas City Star' Announces Furloughs

By: E&P Staff The Kansas City Star announced Tuesday that it is instituting a one-week unpaid furlough program for most employees.

Star Publisher Mark Zieman made the announcement in a memo to employees, according to the paper. He also announced that the paper was offering a voluntary buyout to most of its regular full-time employees.

Zieman told employees that no official target had been set. The Star announced in March that it would lay off 150 employees as a part of the continued cost-cutting effort by its parent company, McClatchy Newspapers.

Zieman's memo to Star employees came on the same day that McClatchy announced that it would extend its company-wide pay freeze, announced last September, through at least the end of this year. According to the Star, Zieman told employees that despite improvements in June and July advertising figures, revenue at the paper was still below last year's levels.


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