'Tampa Trib' Parent Orders New Furloughs, Totaling Three Work Weeks in 2009

By: Mark Fitzgerald Richmond, Va.-based Media General Inc., parent of The Tampa Tribune and 20 other dailies, is ordering employees to take an additional five days off by the end of the year.

Media General earlier this year had ordered furloughs of 10 days in the first three quarters of 2009.

In a letter to employees from Vice President Jim Zimmerman, one furlough day was added to be taken by the third quarter and four furlough days were made mandatory for the fourth quarter.

"Some MG locations have experienced last-minute advertiser cancellations and deferrals of planned spending as some of our customers shore up their own third-quarter financial performance," Zimmerman said in the letter. "Other markets continue to wrestle with fully stemming the impact of advertising revenue declines."


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