US newspaper publisher McClatchy to cut 1,600 jobs

The front of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald building is shown in Miami, Florida. McClatchy Co, owner of the Miami Herald and other newspapers, announced it was cutting 1,600 jobs because of falling advertising revenue and the weak economy. (AFP)

US newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. is shearing another 1,600 jobs in a cost-cutting spree that has clipped nearly one-third of its work force in less than a year.

The latest reduction in payroll announced Monday follows through on the company’s previously disclosed plans to lower its expenses by as much as $110 million over the next year as its revenue evaporates amid a devastating recession.

The layoffs will start before April. Several of McClatchy’s 30 daily newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee and The Kansas City (Missouri) Star, already have decided how many workers will be shown the door.

The savings are accumulating mostly through the elimination of 4,150 jobs, or more than 30 per cent of McClatchy’s work force, since June.

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