Friday, September 3, 2010

Postmedia cutting newspaper jobs

The newly re-branded Postmedia Network Inc. has begun cutting jobs at some of its daily newspapers. The company recently announced a voluntary buyout program to attempt to cut costs, according to an internal memo sent to staff at the Victoria Times Colonist on Thursday. A memo was also sent on the same day offering buyouts to staff at the Pacific Newspaper Group, a division of Postmedia that publishes The Vancouver Sun and The Province, also in Vancouver. In addition to buyouts offered, reports suggest some layoffs have occurred. According to a source familiar with the matter, roughly 20 jobs were cut last week at the Edmonton Journal, including some part-time positions and mostly non-union employees. The same source said roughly 30 jobs were cut this week at the Calgary Herald. Postmedia would not confirm those numbers. Target numbers for the voluntary buyouts have not been released.

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