Monday, March 09, 2015

New Media Investment Group, parent company of GateHouse Media, lays off newspaper employees

New Media Investment Group, parent company of GateHouse Media—which filed for bankruptcy in 2013—earlier this month began laying off employees from its 36 community newspapers located mainly in the southeastern U.S. Many of the newspapers were formerly owned by The New York Times and then by Halifax Media, which was recently purchased by New Media for $280 million.

The StarNews in Wilmington, N.C., laid off an unknown number of employees on March 3, the newspaper reports. Details of the layoffs have not been made public. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune also suffered layoffs, including sportswriter John Brockman, who has been with the paper for 54 years, reports Jim Romenesko. Florida newspapers the Ocala Star-Banner, The Lakeland Ledger, the Gainesville Sun and The Daytona Beach News Journal also suffered layoffs.

Halfiax Media consisted of 16 publications in Florida, 11 in North Carolina, two in Alabama, one in Louisiana, one in Massachusetts and one in South Carolina.

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